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An Open User’s Journey to Reform Drug Policy in Tennessee

Michael Brown
Michael Brown
Director for Counter Narcotics Technology

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Welcome to The Opioid Matrix: A Journey Into The Rabbit Hole. Today’s guest has founded a unique harm reduction center. In fact, what makes it unique is that it is the only openly drug user run syringe exchange in Tennessee.

In this episode, Jen and Michael are joined by Daniel Patrick Garrett, Founding Director of Tennessee Harm Reduction. THR is a community based organization operating at the intersection of Public Health, Drug User Advocacy and Drug Policy Reform.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Daniel’s journey through and perspective on non-abstinence based drug recovery
  • The stigma against being an open user fighting actively to change drug policy
  • Peer recovery and Addiction Services  




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