I lost a child to opioids. Compassion, not criminalization, could spare others my grief

I lost my son, Tyler, to an accidental overdose in 2020. Since then, I’ve met parents grieving the loss of their children who battled substance use. It’s a struggle no parent should endure, and it’s made even more difficult by those in power who, in our children’s name, push policies rooted in punishment over solutions rooted in compassion and public health. 

Click here for full article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2023/01/30/opioid-fentanyl-criminalization-wont-end-epidemic/11111983002/

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