“It's getting to the point where it's safer to go back to using street drugs. I won't have to be packed into rooms full of people.”
Gov. Brown vetoed a bill authorizing them saying "it would be irresponsible to expose local officials and health care professionals to potential federal criminal charges."
Some patients, however, have no other options.
The past year has seen a huge 30 percent rise in people under the age of 25 seeking treatment for the drug.
Less access to health insurance and greater income inequality fuel opioid abuse, researcher say
“Part of me can kind of understand where they're coming from, but most of me doesn't.”
As world leaders meet to consider the future of global drug policy at UNGASS, the UN's special session on drugs, they will look to Portugal as an example of what decriminalization can accomplish.
Henry Langston joins a group therapy session at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility, where inmates talk about their looming release dates and their biggest challenges in maintaining sobriety.