Doug Johnson

Doug is a writer, editor and journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Undark Magazine, New Scientist and Hakai, among others. He lives in Alberta, Canada.

Drug Use on Edmonton Public Transit “Reflects Policy Failures”

In March, president of the Edmonton Police Association Stg. Michael Elliot shared an image of a person apparently freebasing or…

May 16, 2022

Dire Harm Reduction Funding Gap for Lower-Income Countries Is Growing

Last year, Harm Reduction International (HRI) released a report that found funding for harm reduction in 2019 was only 5…

May 9, 2022

Drug Decriminalization Inches Closer in Saskatoon, Canada

The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners (SBPC) met on April 21 to discuss the decriminalization of drug possession in Saskatchewan's…

April 28, 2022

Vancouver Safe Supply Program Begins Prescribing Take-Home Fentanyl

Despite efforts to make medical safe supply programs in Canada as low-barrier as possible, they still require most participants to…

April 13, 2022

Toronto’s New Hospital-Based Safe Consumption Site Is a First for Ontario

A specialized hospital in Toronto opened the doors to a new supervised consumption site for its patients on April 4.…

April 7, 2022

AI Is Being Used to “Map” Psychedelic Trips in the Brain

Between the bright colors, shimmering textures and other sensory phenomena that come with taking psychedelics, it’s not always easy to…

April 1, 2022

Myriad New Drugs Complicate Legalization, as Well as Harm Reduction

Humans have found or created a truly staggering number of psychoactive substances. Some, like cannabis, various opioids and cocaine, have…

March 29, 2022

Could Canada’s New Political Alliance Speed Drug Decriminalization?

Two of Canada’s left-of-center parties have entered an agreement that will prop up the government in exchange for an expansion…

March 24, 2022

Students Launch Bid to Decriminalize All Drugs in Ann Arbor, Michigan

A student group has launched a campaign to decriminalize drug possession and low-level distribution in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after months…

March 18, 2022

New York Protest Tells Politicians to Stop Targeting Harm Reduction

Harm reduction advocates and workers, including members of VOCAL-New York, converged at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan on…

March 10, 2022