Helen Redmond

    Helen is the senior editor of Filter. She has written about nicotine, mental health and drug policy for publications including Al Jazeera, AlterNet, Harper’s and The Influence. As an LCSW, she works with drug users in medical and community mental health settings. An expert on tobacco harm reduction, she provides training and consultation on mental health, nicotine use and THR, and in 2016 organized the first Tobacco Harm Reduction Conference in the US. Helen is also a documentary filmmaker.

    The Methadone Clinic System Needs Abolition, Not a Tepid Reform Bill

    Peter Vanderkloot’s groundbreaking article—Methadone: Medicine, Harm Reduction or Social Control—hit me hard. As a ...

    Vapes and Methadone: An All-Round Harm Reduction Story

    Danielle Russell is a third-year PhD student at Arizona State University, and a co-investigator ...

    Taliban Announces Cruel Poppy Ban During Afghan Harvest Season

    What’s that time-worn saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting ...

    The Tenderloin Suffers Under Another Inhumane Crackdown

    “The Tenderloin is a beautifully complicated area. It’s rich in all sorts of intersecting ...

    There Has to Be a Better Way to Free Methadone

    I had a gut feeling there would be gaslighting, but I didn’t think it ...

    Watch: Adults Love Flavors, Says World-Renowned Vaping Researcher

    Fruit- and other sweet-flavored e-liquids and cartridges are at the heart of a vaping ...

    SAMHSA Weighs Permanent Methadone Take-Homes, Decades Too Late

    In March 2020, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections among patients and staff, ...

    National Drug-User Union Emphasizes Tobacco Harm Reduction

    Cigarette smoking among people who use illicit drugs doesn’t receive much attention, despite the ...