Colón feels that free needle exchange is not promoting the use of drugs for those who otherwise might not be engaging in them. “People are already doing it,” he says. “There is a spectrum of behavior, and what we have to do is edge people towards a cleaner and easier way of living.”
This easier way of living means no drugs, no steps and no mediation. “What we’ve learned in the HIV crisis is that harm reduction is one tool we can use, and we should implement it on a national level.”
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As thousands of New Jerseyians race to the polls to pick our next governor today, those words by former Governor Jim McGreevey pack a meaningful punch.
On Election Day, #HipNJ‘s Armand V. Cucciniello III sat with the trailblazing politician at Porto Leggero in Jersey City. Over meatballs and ravioli (the Governor’s favorite!) they talked about the state’s opioid crisis, his work with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and that one day in 2004 that changed the political landscape forever.