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November 6, 2019 - Dr. Bernard Prusak, professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Responsibility at King’s College, was recently published in “Commonweal” magazine. His article, “Start with Safe: The Ethics of Harm Reduction,” seeks to address the moral and ethical dilemma of providing safe-injection sites to addicted persons.

The article focuses on the role that the Catholic Church should play in helping to heal addicted persons, and also highlights the efforts of Jesse Harvey, a graduate of King’s, to combat the opioid crisis.

“The conversations I had with Jesse didn’t determine my position on harm reduction strategies, but speaking with him made me take harm reduction strategies seriously, since Jesse views them as a way of saving lives,” said Prusak. Harvey’s successes and struggles allowed Prusak to look at the topic of addiction through a non-academic lens.

“Commonweal” magazine provides a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture. It is edited by Catholic laypeople and pubished by the nonprofit Commonweal Foundation.

Dr. Bernard Prusak