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Submitted 6:37 p.m.
08.12.2015
Letter to the Editor

I have no doubt that race is a huge contributor here, but also am sure that class is at play, too.”

Alex West of Seattle, Wash.

Thanks very much for this piece. As someone who has lost a close loved one to heroin overdose (in a New England white suburb) and also has worked with drug users in more urban settings, I am excited by the harm reduction approach these new policies take. I also am wondering about the differences between how we treat meth addiction and how we treat heroin addiction, which are both occurring in white communities. I have no doubt that race is a huge contributor here, but also am sure that class is at play, too, at least in terms of who is pushing for these changes. I guess when it’s your child at risk, you do whatever you can, and if parents know how to do policy work and make change that way, they do.

 
This letter written in response to
Analysis August 12, 2015
Suddenly it’s not a crime problem, it’s a health problem.