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AJPH Podcast: The Drug Bust Paradox


Fatal overdoses appear to double within a 6-minute walk of drug arrests. Does this mean drug busts actually increase the risk of overdose deaths? A recent study from Indianapolis suggests that the risk might indeed double. Given these findings, America's drug policymakers should reconsider the emphasis placed on police drug seizures, shifting focus towards harm reduction instead. Alfredo Morabia and Prof. Vickie Mays (UCLA) discuss these concerns with Prof. Brandon del Pozo (Brown University), Lisa Daugaard, Co-Executive Director of Purpose, Dignity, Action (Seattle, WA), and Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta (UNC).


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