Druglink article 2013 – New York Notes: The loneliness of the addict activist by Maia Szalavitz

It’s hard to convey the sense of crisis felt by people using intravenous drugs and facing AIDS in the early ‘90s: in New York, at least half of needle users were already infected – at least 100,000 people – and there was no treatment, let alone cure or vaccine. For me, there was a deep frustration that most people in recovery seemed unwilling or unable to
do anything about it

The loneliness of the addict-activist (PDF)