Heroin Epidemic Increasingly Seeps Into Public View

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In Philadelphia last spring, a man riding a city bus at rush hour injected heroin into his hand, in full view of other passengers, including one who captured the scene on video.

In Cincinnati, a woman died in January after she and her husband overdosed in their baby’s room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The husband was found unconscious with a gun in his pocket, a syringe in his arm and needles strewn around the sink.

Here in Cambridge a few years ago, after several people overdosed in the bathrooms of a historic church, church officials reluctantly closed the bathrooms to the public.

Drugs have always been around. However, only recently, with the intense focus in the media on opioid use, are we hearing about drugs on a daily basis. For example, today’s article in the New York Times. The question is, are people willing to take actions to confront the problem?  I’ve written about drug use before, here, here, here, and here. We can stop opioid use, but most important is we make a commitment to reducing stigma, and spending real money on this massive problem.

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