Kastalia Medrano Kastalia Medrano

    Kastalia is Filter‘s deputy editor. She’s previously written for outlets including NewsweekVICEVox and Gizmodo. She also works at VOCAL-NY testing low-income New Yorkers for hepatitis C, and is a syringe exchange volunteer at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. She would love to bring you naloxone.

    The Biden Administration and Drug Policy: Expectation Versus Reality

    As President Joe Biden replaces President Trump, advocates are balancing hope with more realistic ...

    Frontline Harm Reductionists Qualify for Early Vaccination—Will They Get it?

    Frontline harm reductionists—including syringe service program (SSP) providers, peer outreach workers and hepatitis C ...

    Pandemic Is Making Overdoses Deadlier, Research Shows

    Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the first available research has finally ...

    Policing Associated With Higher HIV Risks Among People Who Inject Drugs

    Police interactions are associated with higher HIV risks for people who inject drugs, according ...

    How the Pandemic Hit People Who Use Drugs, in Their Own Words

    In some ways, the coronavirus pandemic has hit marginalized people who use drugs the ...

    How Harm Reduction Is Responding to the Pandemic

    In the two weeks since the first coronavirus cases were confirmed in New York ...

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