Credit: Malcolm Linton/
Luke Samson of New Delhi has become a leading player in India's harm-reduction movement. Samson in 1979 founded Sharan, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works with the urban poor in several cities and also runs HIV-prevention programs for injecting drug users, sex workers, and the homeless. Here, Samson rocks out at a dance organized for users going through a program run by Sahara, yet another Delhi NGO that works on drug addiction. Samson, an executive member of the Asian Harm Reduction Network, unabashedly discusses his own drug history but says he never got into injecting heroin. "I didn't get an appropriate philosophy to match it," says Samson. "I was into liberation of the soul."
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