Helen Redmond 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.

    Scrutinizing the Foster System’s Relationship With the War on Drugs

    So many aspects of the racist War on Drugs—stop-and-frisk, mandatory minimum sentencing for crack ...

    Don’t “Defund” the War on Drugs⁠—Cut It Off

    It took the caught-on-camera murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin—and ...

    Hong Kong’s Rejection of Vapes Ban Could Have Welcome Influence

    The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has won an important ...

    How India Introduced Methadone Take-Homes in the Pandemic

    “Dear Helen, You will be pleased to know that during the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

    Anti-Vaping Zealots Find Opportunity in the Pandemic

    “We have to seize this moment,” said Laurie Rubiner, executive vice president of the ...

    Exit Bernie, as the Disaster of Our Healthcare “System” Is Unmasked

    Think about this fact: GoFundMe, the leading fundraising platform, reports that one in three ...

    SAMHSA’s Absurd Criteria for Identifying “Stable” Methadone Patients

    For decades, methadone reform advocates have tried to loosen or remove the highly restrictive ...