August 1, 2023 / News, Overdose

D.C. has millions of opioid settlement dollars to spend. How will they be used?

At a time when opioid overdose deaths in D.C. are reaching record-breaking levels, the city is set to receive millions of dollars in settlements with pharmaceutical chains and drug manufacturers.
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April 11, 2023 / News

As Local Opioid Fatalities Climb, Harm Reduction Advocates Push for Overdose Prevention Center

For another year in a row, D.C. broke a deadly record, documenting more fatal overdoses than ever before.
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October 31, 2022 / Decriminalization, Opinion

HAGLER: The War on Drugs is an Archaic, Racist Approach

The war on drugs has had devastating effects on the Black community in the District of Columbia and the country. This so-called “war” has impacted the Black community in devastating ways: an escalation in overdose rates, the weakening of families, the death of loved ones, and mass incarceration.
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October 20, 2022 / Decriminalization, News, Press Release

DC Decriminalization, Harm Reduction Bill Gathers Momentum for 2023

In December 19, a group of 125 researchers, harm reduction workers, doctors and other experts sent a letter to the Washington, DC Council, urging it to decriminalize drug possession. Removing criminal penalties and investing in harm reduction, the experts say, will reduce overdose deaths in the District.
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August 29, 2022 / News

Racial Disparities In D.C.’s Opioid Arrests Underscore Need For Decriminalization, Advocates Say

New arrest data shows that Black D.C. residents are arrested almost seven times as often as white residents for opioid-related offenses, which advocates say bolsters their case for decriminalization and the need to move funds away from policing and into safe-use resources.
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August 10, 2022 / News

SPELLMAN/ADESUYI: Ward 8 is Leading D.C. in Fatal Drug Overdoses — and In Support for Drug Decriminalization

After decades of the war on drugs, the outcomes have been punishment, incarceration, the worst fatal overdose rates on record, and lingering penalties that inhibit people from living a healthy and stable life
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June 13, 2022 / News

D.C. Reported 29 Suspected Opioid Overdoses In Two Days Last Week

D.C. recorded 29 non-fatal overdoses in a 48-hour period last week, marking another concerning spike in the city’s ongoing opioid crisis.
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April 18, 2022 / Opinion

“Opinion | D.C. must quickly move to stem opioid deaths”

D.C. must do more to save lives. We are undoubtedly experiencing a serious public health emergency that requires a shift in the status quo of relying...
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March 25, 2022 / Opinion

Opinion | D.C. can pioneer a new way forward in drug policy

As a former police officer with the D.C. police, I’ve seen the fallout of the “war on drugs” and tough-on-crime policies.
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February 13, 2022 / Opinion

Opinion | Facing a surge in overdose deaths, D.C. must decriminalize drugs

Eclipsed by the coronavirus’s pervasive impact, however, is another ongoing public health emergency that has received even fewer resources to adequately address it: overdose fatalities.
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