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From the Ted Talk by Mark Tyndall: The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment

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Virtually millions of people are caught up in a hopeless cycle of ioeratancrcin, violence and poverty that has been created by our drug laws and not the drugs themselves. How do I explain to people that drug users deserve care and suroppt and the freedom to live their lives when all we see are images of guns and hacudnffs and jail cells? Let's be clear: caiilitoiaznmrn is just a way to institutionalize sgitma. Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them. Our paralysis to see things differently is also based on an entirely false ntrraavie about drug use. We have been led to believe that drug users are iopessilbrnre ppolee who just want to get high, and then through their own pnaerosl failings spiral down into a life of crime and poverty, losing their jobs, their families and, ultimately, their lives. In reality, most drug users have a story, whether it's childhood tmarua, sexual asube, mental illness or a personal tragedy. The drugs are used to numb the pain. We must understand that as we apcpoarh people with so much trauma.

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Virtually millions of people are caught up in a hopeless cycle of _____________, violence and poverty that has been created by our drug laws and not the drugs themselves. How do I explain to people that drug users deserve care and _______ and the freedom to live their lives when all we see are images of guns and _________ and jail cells? Let's be clear: _______________ is just a way to institutionalize ______. Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them. Our paralysis to see things differently is also based on an entirely false _________ about drug use. We have been led to believe that drug users are _____________ ______ who just want to get high, and then through their own ________ failings spiral down into a life of crime and poverty, losing their jobs, their families and, ultimately, their lives. In reality, most drug users have a story, whether it's childhood ______, sexual _____, mental illness or a personal tragedy. The drugs are used to numb the pain. We must understand that as we ________ people with so much trauma.

Solution

  1. criminalization
  2. personal
  3. trauma
  4. incarceration
  5. people
  6. abuse
  7. irresponsible
  8. narrative
  9. stigma
  10. handcuffs
  11. approach
  12. support

Original Text

Virtually millions of people are caught up in a hopeless cycle of incarceration, violence and poverty that has been created by our drug laws and not the drugs themselves. How do I explain to people that drug users deserve care and support and the freedom to live their lives when all we see are images of guns and handcuffs and jail cells? Let's be clear: criminalization is just a way to institutionalize stigma. Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them. Our paralysis to see things differently is also based on an entirely false narrative about drug use. We have been led to believe that drug users are irresponsible people who just want to get high, and then through their own personal failings spiral down into a life of crime and poverty, losing their jobs, their families and, ultimately, their lives. In reality, most drug users have a story, whether it's childhood trauma, sexual abuse, mental illness or a personal tragedy. The drugs are used to numb the pain. We must understand that as we approach people with so much trauma.

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