Kastalia Medrano

Kastalia is Filter‘s deputy editor. She’s previously worked for outlets including Newsweek and VICE, and is also a peer worker at a Brooklyn syringe program where she does outreach hep C testing and navigates people through treatment. She uses meth daily and other drugs sometimes.

By “Pro-Choice,” You Mean for Pregnant Drug Users Too, Right?

A lot of energy is being aimed at the legal arguments put forth in the Supreme Court draft majority opinion…

May 10, 2022

DULF Keeps Distributing Checked Drugs as Health Canada Flags Denial

On May 4 in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) distributed 3.5 grams each of fentanyl-free heroin,…

May 5, 2022

DEA’s Rx Drug Take Back Day Branded Fun for All the Family

The worst thing I've seen suggested at one of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s biannual Prescription Drug Take Back days is…

April 29, 2022

The US Gets Its First Free, Rapid Drug-Checking Mail Program

Traditionally, the conversation around US safe supply consists of saying that we don’t have one and then pointing to Canada.…

March 21, 2022

2022 State of the Union Includes First-Ever Nod to Harm Reduction

The 2022 State of the Union address was the first such speech to mention harm reduction. The brief reference reinforced…

March 2, 2022

Drug Euphoria Is a Good Thing, Actually

Back before I'd ever heard of harm reduction, I spent a lot of time preoccupied with whether my prescription stimulant…

February 8, 2022

A BC Safe Supply Program Pushes the Medical Model as Far as It Will Go

In 2019, Canada funded an expansion of safe supply and put out a call for pilot programs. Of particular interest…

February 3, 2022

BC Has a Safe Supply of Smokable Heroin and No One Can Use It Yet

For most of the nearly six years British Columbia's overdose crisis has been declared a public health emergency, the consumption…

January 26, 2022

In Hamilton, Ontario, a Safe Supply Program Inches Forward

A small safe supply program in Hamilton, Ontario, is expanding. It has no funding, a capacity limited to a few…

January 4, 2022

CDC Total Recorded Overdose Deaths Pass 1 Million

A few weeks ago when the CDC announced we’d passed 100,000 recorded overdose deaths in a 12-month period, I wondered…

December 31, 2021