Drug Users Are Forming Unions to Help Each Other

Illegal drug users who aren’t yet ready to go into treatment are beginning to form unions as a way of supporting each other and engaging in harm reduction.

Union members run informal needle exchanges and teach each other how to use naloxone to reverse a drug overdose. Some go to court to support other members who are facing civil or criminal legal issues. A few operate a miniature hotline, responding to emergency calls from people who are afraid to contact 911 for fear of losing public housing or otherwise being outed as a drug user.

The New England User’s Union boasts almost 300 members. Other unions include Users United (NYC), the San Francisco Drug Users Union, a group called VOCAL in New York State, and the Urban Survivors Union in Seattle, San Francisco and Greensboro, N.C.

Source: The Huffington Post. Click here for more information.