People suffering from drug addiction will only seek recovery when they are ready and unfortunately, many will not get that chance if they die of an overdose. We know all too well that the “war on drugs” did not curtail drug use. New Jersey must view drug addiction for what it is, a disease – those affected should not be punished. We need more resources, not penalties.
Overdose prevention sites aren’t the only answer to combatting this crisis, but they can be part of a wider answer in combatting this epidemic. In this moment, we are faced with a choice: either people suffering from drug addiction can continue to die in the shadows or we can implement new and innovative policies to give them a fighting chance. I choose the latter.