PUNKS AROUND #9: DRUGS: USE, RECOVERY, OUTREACH, $3, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 52 pgs.

The newest issue of Punks Around, at this point a staple by Alex Herbert, collects stories, art, and commentary surrounding drug addiction—particularly harm reduction. Only recently has harm reduction become a priority in larger discourses about addiction and recovery (of course, people have always been doing harm reduction, but only in the last few years have I seen bigger pushes to universalize things like Narcan training), and I’m happy to see that reproduced here. Most of this is personal stories about drug use, with art and interviews scattered throughout. It highlights—as is necessary—the importance of harm reduction, and treating those who are struggling with addiction like people, which is harder to come by than it should be. You can also buy this zine as a bundle with a T-shirt, and the proceeds will be donated to one of four organizations dedicated to safe use and/or keeping folks fed. Good work on this one, Punks Around. –jimmy cooper (punksaround.bigcartel.com)