Reshaping Addiction Recovery with Human-Centered Harm Reduction

Aug 17, 2023

Opioid addiction isn't just about the drug - the problem is usually much deeper.  Addressing the crisis and waging a war on fentanyl will not be successful until those on the frontlines start treating people who suffer from addiction as humans.

In this episode, we're joined by CJ Syas and Adam Tripp of Mantra Recovery.  Having struggled with opioid addiction themselves, CJ and Adam joined together to work together one-on-one with people facing addiction to provide resources, guidance and recovery support.  According to them, the missing piece of the puzzle is harm reduction and professional intervention.

In this episode, we will discuss: 

  • Necessary resources and support for overcoming addiction
  • Striking a balance between helping people, enabling addiction and keeping communities healthy and safe
  • Addiction, mental health and the unique needs of underserved communities




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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