Black and white illustration of a poster tacked onto a brick wall. On the poster, one hand reaches down from the upper left and another reaches up from the bottom right, three clean unused syringes in the open palm. Between the hands, large text reads "The Liverpool Exchange."

The Liverpool Exchange

Episode #243

2023-11-10 05:00:07


In the 1980s, Liverpool was having what journalists called a heroin epidemic. The chairman of a local organization where people would go for drug counseling told a reporter, “We are on the brink of complete catastrophe.” Then a small group of people decided to try something.

Maia Szalavitz’s book is Undoing Drugs: How Harm Reduction Is Changing the Future of Drugs and Addiction.