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The Way the U.S. Regulates Methadone Isn’t Working

In 2017, the opioid-related overdose crisis killed more than 47,000 people in the United States.

Yet even though multiple studies have shown methadone reducing opioid overdose deaths by more than 50 percent, there are many places in the United States where it’s easier to get heroin than methadone.

In Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone, the directors Helen Redmond and Marilena Marchetti try to find answers to this and other perplexing questions raised by the way the war on drugs is prosecuted in the United States.

In early 2020, Redmond came to the Open Society Foundations’ New York office for a screening of the film and a broader discussion of the benefits of harm reduction policies.

Listen to the audio of the event to learn more.

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