Arnold named one of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 under 40


PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE - The Center for Disease Control estimates that 130 people die in this country every day from opioid-related drug overdoses.

As the executive director of Prevention Point Pittsburgh, Aaron Arnold (BCHS ) is working to change that.

In addition to offering a needle exchange program and STI testing, Prevention Point provides opioid users with free naloxone access and training, as well as other services. It is, quite literally, a lifeline - a critical support system for people who often get little support.

"From the outside, it might be tempting to look at someone who is struggling and to think their hardships are their own doing," Arnold says. 

“But what we’re really seeing is the resiliency of these individuals in the face of systems that have failed them repeatedly. We have to realize that it doesn’t do any good to try to fix so-called ‘broken people’ if we don’t have a critical eye on the systems that broke them in the first place.”

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