Advocates worry that ‘fentanyl hysteria’ will further criminalize people who use drugs


“By 2016, harm reduction activists noted the product on the street that was being sold as heroin had almost none,” reads A Better Path for Maine: The case for decriminalizing drugs, a 2022 joint report by the ACLU of Maine and the Maine Center for Economic Policy. “The use of non-regulated fentanyl and its chemical cousins resulted in highly variable potency. People who use drugs did not know what they were taking and were unable to calculate the dose. Overdose reports increased.”

Click here to read the full story, first published February 13, 2023 in Beacon.