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Stuck In The Bluff: The Complete Documentary Collection
On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 7 p.m., WABE News uncovered the multi-faceted story of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, its efforts, how they are affected by Georgia’s anti-paraphernalia laws, and the larger issues of IV drug abuse, HIV and social stigma in Atlanta. The program was re-broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m.
Stuck In The Bluff: AIDS, Heroin and One Group’s Illegal Quest to Save Lives is a 30-minute documentary produced and reported by WABE News reporter Jim Burress. This documentary features an organization of people willing to break the law and interact with drug dealers in an attempt to prevent AIDS and save the lives of heroin addicts.
Twice a week, the rickety Winnebago operated by Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition (AHRC) pulls up to one of the most troubled intersections in the Southeast. A line quickly forms.
Troubled hands grip used syringes, waiting patiently to exchange their used needles for clean ones. These are heroin addicts, forgotten, and existing—sometimes barely—in a system that criminalizes the people who are working to help addicts change their lives. To tell their story, and acknowledge their troubled future, 90.1 WABE News will interrupt regular programming January 24th at 7 p.m. for this in-depth documentary.
The Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition is a shoe-string organization behind a controversial needle exchange program. Due to Georgia’s anti-paraphernalia regulations, the AHRC is participating in illegal activities each time they venture out. Because of the stigma surrounding what they do, and a challenging climate for non-profits, AHRC is in danger of closing its doors.
Stuck In The Bluff: AIDS, Heroin and One Group’s Illegal Quest to Save Lives is a documentary which began as a series of WABE News reports done in collaboration with alternative news outlet Creative Loafing in Atlanta, Georgia.
The complete audio documentary, along with other stories in the series, can be found below.
Web Extra: The Tangled Timeline of The Bluff
To enhance and expand Stuck In The Bluff, we have created an interactive timeline showing how independent historical forces -- the War on Drugs, the HIV/AIDS crisis, the harm reduction movement, and Atlanta politics and history -- came together to shape the Bluff and everyone involved.
Listen to the documentary, then be sure to click over to see The Tangled Timeline of the Bluff.