How Harm Reduction Strategies Serve as an Effective Safety Net w/ Maggie Seldeen, Founder & Director of High Rockies Harm Reduction

Oct 26, 2022

Welcome to The Opioid Matrix: A Journey Into The Rabbit Hole. As the Opioid Crisis continues to ravage the country, what is being done to solve the prevalence of these drugs in our communities? In this episode, Michael and Jen are joined by Maggie Seldeen, Founder & Director of High Rockies Harm Reduction.

Regardless of how many deterrent drug policies are put into place, some pills and substances always find their way through. In those cases, federal policies can only go so far. It’s time to take a deeper look at harm reduction strategies.

Join us as we discuss:

  • A clear definition of Harm Reduction Strategies
  • How Harm Reduction Strategies serve as a “Final Safety Net” when Drugs do get through the Border
  • Establishing cause and effect is tricky – What caused increased Drug Usage in Colorado since 2019
  • Was it decriminalization labor shortages or something else completely?
  • How rebuilding grassroot community initiatives may help solve the increased dependence on substances pervading the country




Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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