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Light up the night : America's overdose crisis and the drug users fighting for survival / Travis Lupick.


"A revelatory, moving narrative that offers a harrowing critique of the war on drugs from voices seldom heard in the conversation: drug users who are working on the front lines to reduce overdose deaths"-- Provided by publisher.
In the 1990s, pharmaceutical corporations flooded America with powerful narcotics while lying about their risk. Many patients developed addictions to prescription opioids; then, as access was restricted, waves of people turned to the streets and began using heroin and, later, the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl. Lupick shows how this story fails to acknowledge how the war on drugs has exacerbated the crisis and leaves out one crucial voice: that of drug users themselves. He provides an intimate look at how users navigate the policies that criminalize them, and chronicles a rising movement that is fighting to save lives, end stigma, and inspire commonsense policy reform. -- adapted from jacket

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  • ISBN: 9781620976388
  • ISBN: 1620976382
  • Physical Description: xiii, 273 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : The New Press, [2022]

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Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prelude -- Tough love -- Trauma was my gateway drug -- A moment of need -- A safe space for people who use drugs -- The Wright Focus Group -- A drug-user union of one -- All practice up to now -- A period of calm -- The Urban Survivors Union -- Strange dope on the street -- Narco feminism -- Blow the system up -- Harm reduction works -- Light up the night -- Drug-induced homicide -- Reframe the blame -- A labor of radical love -- Methadone in the time of COVID -- Creating space -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- Appendix: The Urban Survivor Union do not prosecute directive.
Subject: Drug abuse > United States.
Harm reduction > United States.
Drug addiction > Treatment > United States.
Drug addicts > Health and hygiene > United States.
Narcotics > Overdose > United States > Prevention.

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