Elizabeth Brico

Elizabeth is a journalist from the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in publications including Vox, Tonic/Vice, TalkPoverty, HealthyPlace and The Establishment. She has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. She also writes about trauma, addiction and recovery on her blog, Betty’s Battleground.

“Four Good Days” Is a Mess of Addiction Stereotypes and Stigma

“I’m going to level with you Molly—opioids have a 97 percent relapse rate.” This is the opening line for the…

April 6, 2021

Our Adulterated Supply: Underreported Complications for Opioid Users

When I began using heroin on the West Coast in the late 2000s, it came in the form of a…

March 9, 2021

Forced, Rapid Adoptions Are a Weapon of the Drug War

“I hate myself.” The words slipped out of my youngest child’s mouth with a casual levity. Only 5 years old,…

December 21, 2020

I Recently Used Naloxone to Save a Life. Limiting Access Is Unforgivable.

One moment, I was dabbing off a smudge of eyeliner in front of the bathroom mirror, just a commonplace, mundane…

November 30, 2020

The Waiting Game: A Powerlessness That’s Long Harmed Drug Users

As our nation wakes up anxiety-ridden, collectively uncertain of whether we’ve been delivered from political catastrophe, many of us who…

November 4, 2020

“I Can’t Be Friends With You Anymore”—How Stigma Isolates Young Drug Users

One of the last memories I have of hanging out with my friend Jana (not her real name) was Halloween.…

October 13, 2020

The Battle Over CBD Use Among US Military Personnel

A surprising substance has been stirring quiet controversy within the United States military community this year. The use of cannabidiol…

August 27, 2020

“The Civil Death Penalty”—My Motherhood Is Legally Terminated

It’s afternoon on the Monday after the Fourth of July. My daughters, ages five and six, sit perched on the…

July 13, 2020

“There Is No Naloxone for Racism”—Kassandra Frederique Speaks Out

Since George Floyd was horrifically murdered by Minneapolis cops on May 25, events have unfolded dramatically, and amid worldwide protests,…

June 16, 2020

Giving Alcohol, Nicotine, Marijuana to Isolated Homeless People Is Harm Reduction

Seeking positives in current times can feel futile. But for drug policy reformers, there are a few. San Francisco and…

June 3, 2020