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The Quarantine of the Opium Eater, Notes on Getting Well



From: On Opium


This chapter explores community, including various methods of harm reduction and a conference in Portugal, where all drugs have been decriminalized. The author describes online support systems and personal connections blooming throughout a Covid-19 lockdown. She concludes with different vision of recovery that involves changing the conditions which may have led to problematic drug use and that in fact has very little to do with the drug but everything to do with full citizenship in the community, accessing human rights, and subjective well-being.



Carlyn Zwarenstein

Carlyn Zwarenstein is a writer based in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Toronto Star, and Vice. She is also the author of Opium Eater: The New Confessions.