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One City's Novel Approach to a Rising Epidemic

In the PBS Frontline special, Chasing Heroin, Seattle takes center stage as a city in distress.  But rather than seeing the rise in heroin use and addiction as solely a criminal problem, an innovative harm reduction program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) takes a different tack, and acknowledges that their city is in the grips of an unprecedented public health catastrophe.

 

LEAD's multimedia page contains several interviews with case managers and program clients. Hear how some former addicts are praising this new approach that got them out of the "system" and helped them finally get clean.

 

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22 News (WWLP) in Westfield, MA reports that heroin use is becoming more common among teenagers.

 

The Baltimore Sun reports how Harford County, MD law enforcement, education, and government leaders have recently started a new round of community events to get the word out to county residents, especially the youth, about the dangers of heroin addiction.

 

Heroin discussion draws a full house. Clifton Park, NY. A community conversation recently on heroin addiction, its use, consequences, and impacts, was driven home by riveting first person accounts from recovering addicts and family members dealing with loved ones’ addictions. Real Talk: Heroin, was a two-hour panel discussion on Feb. 24, 2016 that included three first person accounts, followed by a question and answer session.

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