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In the Media | 02.16.18

Adler Graduate Pushes for Progressive Drug Policies

The progressive drug policy work of an Adler University graduate is getting attention on a state and national level.

The New York Daily News recently published a piece by Jasmine Budnella, a graduate of the university’s Master of Public Policy program. In it, she pushes for measures known to dramatically decrease the number of drug and substance use deaths — specifically, those tied to the ongoing opioid crisis.

“Supervised Injection Facilities, also known as Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS), are places where people can use preobtained narcotics in a controlled environment with support from staff trained to help participants make their drug use safer, to prevent and respond to overdoses, and to get related health and addiction services,” Budnella wrote in the op-ed. “The first SCS opened over 30 years ago in Switzerland, and today (more than) 100 such facilities exist worldwide. Most importantly, not one life has ever been lost in these spaces.”

Read the full New York Daily News op-ed to learn the other measures that Budnella is urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to adopt.

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