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As Biden fights opioid overdoses, harm-reduction groups face local opposition

The Biden administration’s latest plan to address opioid overdose deaths includes $30 million for harm-reduction measures, but many conservative states don’t allow them. During the 2021 legislative session, Texas lawmakers scuttled a bill that would have rescinded criminal penalties for possessing drug paraphernalia, such as clean syringes and fentanyl test strips.

Casey Malish, 31, handles outreach for the Houston Harm Reduction Alliance, a nonprofit that helps drug users stay alive.
Casey Malish distributes syringes outside a motel in Houston on June 3, 2022.
Casey Malish distributes syringes from his sedan in Houston on June 3, 2022. Malish estimates he can provide resources to on…

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