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 LEAD Program Faces a Reckoning for Centering Police

The murder of George Floyd and the explosion of protests against police terror led by the Black Lives Matter (BLM)…

September 17, 2020

“The Drum Beat in My Head Gets Louder”—Meet DPA’s New Leader

“Is it going to be Kassandra?” There’s a reason that question was asked over and over in harm reduction circles…

September 10, 2020

New York Times Breonna Taylor Piece Embraces Drug-War Narratives

Remarkably, a recent 6,000-word New York Times investigative article about Breonna Taylor doesn’t mention the War on Drugs. Not once.…

September 3, 2020

California Ramps Up the War on Vaping With Flavor Ban

They never stop. Tobacco control organizations in California convinced the California Assembly to pass SB 793 on August 24, after…

August 27, 2020

Anti-Vaping Forces Again Leverage COVID to Seek Prohibition

California’s tobacco research mob, obsessed with youth vaping and hell-bent on enacting total vaping bans, has a devious, three-step strategy.…

August 17, 2020

Gasping for Justice: People Jailed in the Pandemic Refuse to Be Silenced

What do you do if you want the voices of incarcerated people at the Prince George’s County jail in Maryland…

July 16, 2020

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…

July 2, 2020

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…

June 18, 2020

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…

June 16, 2020

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…

June 1, 2020