Re: editorial ‘Why drug consumption sites for kids are not so outrageous,’ Nov. 20, 2018
I was once a parent afraid of a Harm Reduction approach to my sons’ substance use when he was a teenager. But at that time, there were fewer support services and he fell through the cracks.
Today, I support the Harm Reduction Support Services effort for youth and young adults because all lives matter and I remember the shame and stigma that my son lived with and myself as well.
There are many youth actively using substances and disconnected from families, schools and support services. So if this Harm Reduction support offers a point of connection with someone wanting to feel safe and supported, then it is worthy of my tax dollars.
I wish my adult son was alive today because of improved services beginning to be offered. I wish there had been Naloxone available in that hotel room. I wish that he had a place to go test and use his drugs to ease the obbessive addiction and physical pain of withdrawal. I
If only people would stop the shame and stigma and start supporting the efforts to connect and improve wellness outcomes for the people in our families. This could happen to anyone’s child, loved one or friend.