A local organization called the Harm Reduction Project seeks laws that will allow people who are overdosing on drugs to seek medical help without fear of prosecution for minor drug related crimes that led to the overdose.  Zach Baker from the Harm Reduction Project joined us on the show to talk about their initiatives and public outreach.

Other programs like this are happening around the nation:

http://www.indianalifeline.org/

http://www.drugpolicy.org/911-good-samaritan-fatal-overdose-prevention-law

Some drug overdose stats:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/10/08/drug-overdoses-kill-more-people-than-auto-accidents-in-29-states/

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.A9rXNEtr.dpbs

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/30/drug-overdose-deaths_n_3843690.html

 

Local resources for people struggling with addiction:

ARS / assessment referral services

801 810 6252

Check out the Harm Reduction Project here:

 www.harmreductionproject.org

www.facebook.com/harmreductionproject

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