Helen Redmond

Helen is Filter‘s senior editor and a multimedia journalist. She is on the methadone, vaping and nicotine train. Helen is also a filmmaker. Her two documentaries about methadone are Liquid Handcuffs and Swallow THIS. As an LCSW, she has worked with people who use drugs for over two decades. Helen is an adjunct assistant professor and teaches a course about the War on Drugs at NYU. She lives in Harlem.

Methadone Clinics’ Conference Felt Like Being Behind Enemy Lines

Attending the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference, held in Baltimore this month, felt like being…

November 23, 2022

A Long-Awaited Harm Reduction Gathering in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico was the location for the National Harm Reduction Conference from October 13-16—the first to take place since 2018.…

November 8, 2022

Make It Make Sense: The Confusing Terminology Around Safer Nicotine

Nicotine vapes contain no tobacco but are routinely called “tobacco products.” A 2019 lung disease outbreak is still known as…

October 12, 2022

A State-by-State Guide to the Cruelty of the Methadone Clinic System

A chart book of blue national maps newly compiled by Pew Charitable Trusts is a powerful visual distillation of information…

September 27, 2022

Extracting Juul Settlement Is About the Money, Not the Truth

Juul is back in the news, this time for tentatively agreeing to pay a whopping $438.5 million in a multistate…

September 13, 2022

SAMHSA, the DEA Could Have Freed Methadone Any Time Since the 1970s

Can you imagine that since the 1970s, the two federal agencies that control the methadone clinic system—the Drug Enforcement Administration…

August 30, 2022

Replication Study Confirms Vapes Reduce Heart Risks Compared to Cigarettes

A new in vitro study shows that aerosols from nicotine vapes do not produce the cellular effects caused by cigarette…

August 11, 2022

Methadone Clinics Step Up Their Backlash Against Reform

The members of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) are outraged. This national organization represents the…

August 2, 2022

The FDA’s Unconscionable Campaign to Destroy Juul

Shock and disbelief. That’s what ripped through the tobacco harm reduction community when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

July 11, 2022

NZ Hospital Leads the Way by Giving Vapes to Patients Who Smoke

The Whanganui District Health Board (DHB) has announced that its hospital on New Zealand’s North Island will go smoke-free on…

June 23, 2022