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 cocaine, drug courts, to name just…

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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 weeks of massive street protests, clashes…

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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 victory. On June 2, the Hong…

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How India Introduced Methadone Take-Homes in the Pandemic

“Dear Helen, You will be pleased to know that during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown we in India have also…

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PuffPacket: A Tobacco Harm Reduction Gadget, Despite Inventors’ Intent

  PuffPacket is a new device that gives vapers a wealth of information. The electronic gadget, which attaches to a…

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Anti-Vaping Zealots Find Opportunity in the Pandemic

“We have to seize this moment,” said Laurie Rubiner, executive vice president of the Bloomberg-funded Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. She…

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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 of the site’s campaigns is to…

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NY’s New Vape Flavor Ban Attacks Public Health Amid Public Health Crisis

On April 3, at 3:38 am, the New York State Assembly passed a budget that includes a ban on the…

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

For decades, methadone reform advocates have tried to loosen or remove the highly restrictive take-home dose regulations promulgated by the…

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A Scientist Persuaded Italy to Exempt Vape Shops From COVID-19 Lockdown

  Italy has seen the worst outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China, after cases first appeared in the Lombardy region…

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