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Heroin and Harm Reduction

Scott Griessel

The tragic death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has brought both cultural and media attention to a recent spike in heroin deaths related to painkiller addiction.

We look at the impact of new forms of dangerous heroin, the effects on users, and overdose prevention efforts--particularly in San Francisco--that are saving lives … and money.


  • Laura Thomas, San Francisco Drug Policy Alliance
  • Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Johnny Lorenz, San Francisco Drug Users' Union
  • Dr. Alice Gleghorn, San Francisco Department of Health

Related Links:
SF Drug Users’ Union

Video: Making a Place Called Safe: A Public Health Case for a Safer Injection Facility in San Francisco

Drug Policy Alliance

Homeless Youth Alliance 

Bay Area DOPE

SF Department of Health harm Reduction Policy

Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, UCSF


Philip Seymour Hoffman's Habit

Needling Change