Av Gutman works for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his work is mostly about policies. He was a very interesting and animated person, and clearly very knowledgeable & passionate about what he does. It was really cute when he got excited that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez retweeted him.
He talked about the moral hazard argument that is often brought up in conversations about harm reduction. Many people think that while Naloxone may save lives, it provides a safety net for users, and encourages risky and “immoral” behavior. It was interesting when Av compared the concept of morality with the U.S and Israel.
Av made the point that it’s very important in journalism to explain policy to through being accurate but try to avoid people falling right back into their own stigmatic way of thinking.