Guest column: Harm reduction is key to recovery, preventing overdose deaths

A syringe wrapped in sterile packaging.

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More recovery centers have opened, telehealth use has exploded, drug courts and treatment-oriented incarceration alternatives continue to proliferate, and Narcan is more available than ever before. But overdose deaths continue to climb, and are now in fact the leading cause of death for all Americans ages 18-45. In the 12-month period ending in May 2022, the crisis claimed the lives of over 3,800 people in Tennessee alone. What are we still missing?