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.

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…

3 weeks

Meet a Heavyweight Critic of Drug Courts and Therapeutic Communities

Dr. Kerwin Kaye is associate professor of Sociology, Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies and American Studies at Wesleyn University in Connecticut.…

1 month

Dismantling NY Mag’s Disgraceful Hit-Job on Vaping

New York Magazine ran an article this month—in its “Intelligencer” vertical, of all places—with the provocative title: “Who Thought Sucking…

2 months

International Experts Slam World Health Organization’s Deceptive Vaping Release

The World Health Organization (WHO) published an astonishingly bad Q&A on electronic cigarettes on January 20, full of lies of…

2 months

The Futile Cruelty of the US-Led Drug War in Afghanistan⁠—What Now?

A report published last month by the Washington Post—The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war⁠—confirmed what many of…

2 months

U-Haul’s Hateful Policy of Barring Nicotine Users From Employment

U-Haul? More like U-Hate. The ubiquitous moving-and-storage company has made clear that it hates workers who use nicotine—even on their…

3 months

Fab 5 Freddy Speaks Out Against the “Vaping Scare Campaign”

Fab 5 Freddy, also known as Fred Brathwaite, is a man of prodigious talents. An original “influencer” and hip-hop pioneer,…

4 months

Marijuana and Nicotine Are Trading Places as Prohibitionists’ Target

I don’t much like Los Angeles. The obnoxious car culture, the clogged freeways, the lame public transportation system, expensive smoothie…

4 months

Massachusetts, Planning Asset Forfeiture, Leads the War on Vaping

One of the states to succumb to the national vaping panic—which rages on despite Trump’s recent indication that he may…

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