What Will Naloxone Do for the Secret Needle Exchanges of the South?

Every fourth Saturday, Alexander,* a tall 25-year-old, leads a team of volunteers to Raleigh’s notorious East Side, a place where poverty, crime and drugs collide. His motley crew of half a dozen current and former drug users, transgender people and college students hands out free condoms on street corners. They do short, on-the-fly trainings on drug overdose prevention and provide free rescue kits containing naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdose. And if people ask, they will furnish clean syringes for injection drug users–even though needle exchange is illegal in North Carolina...