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Fahedur Fahed
Scrutiny

Fahedur Fahed

Fahedur Fahed '22 has volunteered at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter for eight years. Fahed carries Narcan with him so that he is prepared to respond to overdoses.

Material Aid and Advocacy Program
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Material Aid and Advocacy Program

A display for the Material Aid and Advocacy Program sits ready to welcome people to the organization's drop-in space. The Material Aid and Advocacy Program, located in Cambridge, supports people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness.

Jim Stewart
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Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart, a Divinity School graduate, is the director of First Church Shelter in Cambridge. He would like to see Harvard increase its involvement in responding to the overdose crisis.

Jason B. Silverstein
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Jason B. Silverstein

Jason B. Silverstein is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School who has studied and written about opioid use. He advocates for harm reduction measures such as making Narcan available in public places.

HLS psychedelics panel
Politics

Policymakers Discuss Psychedelics Reform’s Far Out Future in HLS Webinar

Psychedelics reform advocates discussed decriminalizing drugs, reducing stigma, and centering Indigenous voices in a Harvard Law School webinar on Wednesday.

Mass General Hospital MGH
Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts General Hospital Launches Center to Study Neuroscience of Psychedelics

Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has launched a new center to study the clinical benefits of psychedelics in treating mental illness.

State House
City Politics

Following Local Successes, Cambridge State Rep. Puts Forward Bills on Controlled Substance Reform

Massachusetts State Rep. Michael L. Connolly, a Democrat who represents parts of Cambridge and Somerville, submitted two bills in the Massachusetts House last month aimed at reforming controlled substance laws.

Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School

Panelists Advocate for Psychedelics Decriminalization in Law School Webinar

Panelists advocated for the decriminalization of psychedelics to an audience of more than 200 people during a Wednesday webinar hosted by Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Sackler Protest
Visual Arts

Harvard Students’ Project Honors Opioid Victims at Sackler Building

More than 30 students, faculty, and members of the public gathered at Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum Friday to commemorate a new art installation honoring those affected by the opioid epidemic.

Vape Shop Ban Impact
Boston

A Pod of Problems for Boston-Area Vape Shops As Ban Goes Into Effect

Harvard Square smoke shops are facing steep commercial consequences following the implementation of a newly announced ban on the sale of vaping products in Massachusetts late last month.

Housing Overlay Fights
Cambridge City Council

New Legislation Lights Way for Recreational Marijuana Shops in Cambridge

The council voted 7-0 in favor of the “Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance,” with Councilors E. Denise Simmons and Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. abstaining.

Housing Overlay Fights
City Politics

City Council Introduces Facial Recognition Ban Bill at Summer Meeting

The Cambridge City Council took the first step to pass an amendment to its surveillance ordinance to ban the use of facial recognition city-wide during its annual summer meeting Tuesday.

Health

Cambridge Police Respond to Fatal Overdose Outside Blue Bottle Coffee

Officers from the Cambridge Police Department responded to reports of a fatal overdose on the front steps of Blue Bottle Coffee in Harvard Square at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Bacow's Address
Museums

Bacow Says Removing Sackler Name from Harvard Buildings Would Be 'Inappropriate'

In recent months, dozens of mothers whose children died from opioid overdoses wrote letters to Bacow urging him to cut ties with the Sacklers and refuse future funding from them.

HMS Gordon Hall
Research

Harvard Medical School and MIT See Green With High Value Donation to Fund Joint Cannabis Research

The donation, given by Charles R. Broderick, is the largest independent donation ever made to fund biological study of cannabinoids on the brain and behavior.

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