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.

After a Program Handed Out Heroin Pipes, Some People Injected Less

Smoking heroin and other opioids can help people to avoid some of the harms associated with injecting, experts say. Meanwhile,…

October 5, 2022

The Prospects for TNX-1300, a Drug to Reverse Cocaine Overamps

Amid the overdose crisis, the bulk of national attention lies on opioids like fentanyl. This has seen the opioid-overdose reversal…

September 2, 2022

California on the Brink of Opening Safe Consumption Sites

California is poised to legalize safe consumption sites. On August 1, the state legislature passed SB 57, a bill that…

August 3, 2022

People’s “Purposeful, Rational” Reasons for Mixing Meth and Opioids

People mixing stimulants and opioids is not a new phenomenon. Mixing heroin and cocaine, a “speedball,” was fairly common practice…

July 25, 2022

People’s Reasons for Using Kratom Are Rapidly Diversifying

Since kratom began growing in popularity in North America, researchers have tried to understand how and why people are using…

July 11, 2022

Vermonters Overwhelmingly Back Drug Decriminalization. Will Lawmakers Listen?

A large majority of people in Vermont—84 percent—support removing criminal penalties for low-level drug possession, according to a poll released…

July 1, 2022

After Colombia’s Election, What Are the Prospects for Better Drug Policy?

Colombia’s federal election this month brought victory for Gustavo Petro, who is seen as the first left-winger to win the…

June 29, 2022

Hep C Outreach and Anonymity at Harm Reduction Vending Machines

Vending machines have proven to be an unexpected but largely successful harm reduction tool in numerous countries. In jurisdictions such…

June 10, 2022

British Columbia Will Decriminalize Drug Possession

British Columbia has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to receive the federal green light to decriminalize drug possession. On…

June 1, 2022

Alabama Medicaid Under Fire for Denying Drug Users Hep C Cure

On May 9, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) and AIDS Alabama filed an administrative complaint with…

May 23, 2022