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.

“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

Starting Bupe From Fentanyl Can Be a Nightmare. Microdosing Methods Help.

What I remember most about precipitated withdrawal last year is the color yellow. It was like living the gruesome, nightmare…

May 7, 2020

How the Pandemic Is Restricting Health Options for People Who Use Drugs

For the average non-essential worker, it might feel like the coronavirus has put the world on hold. But for people…

April 22, 2020

The Coronavirus Information Gap for Marginalized People

For those of us connected to technology, it’s hard to imagine not having continual information about the novel coronavirus pandemic.…

April 2, 2020

It Took a Pandemic to Improve Some People’s Access to Opioid Addiction Meds

“I’m great! I’m having so much fun!” Bill Kinkle tells me on the phone. His happiness is jarring. After hours…

March 25, 2020

The Real Harms of Abusive, Stigmatizing Language in Addiction Treatment

Ironically, the conversation that spurred a peer-support specialist at a buprenorphine program to yell me out of the room was…

March 11, 2020