Record Overdose Deaths Prompt Congress to Reconsider Needle Aid

July 22, 2021, 9:00 AM

Chris Abert describes his work as essential and precarious, an effort that saves lives but operates on the margins. He’s hoping Congress, for the first time, will help.

“Funding for us is so precarious right now, the legality of what we’re doing is precarious,” said Abert, founder of the Indiana Recovery Alliance, which distributed more than 1 million syringes to people in the state last year and thousands of doses of the opioid overdose-reversing naloxone.

Like many similar harm reduction programs, the Alliance operates on a shoestring budget. The group has two employees, six volunteers and a $390,000 budget that ...

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