Kastalia Medrano

Kastalia is Filter‘s deputy editor. She previously worked at a number of other media outlets and wouldn’t recommend the drug coverage at any of them. She also works with drug users in NYC and drug checkers in North Carolina to track hyperlocal supply changes, and is part of a xylazine wound care team operated by the Urban Survivors Union. She uses meth daily and other drugs sometimes.

Four States Close Prison Slavery Loopholes; Louisiana Votes Against

Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont have closed loopholes in their state constitutions that had allowed prisoners to be subjected to…

November 9, 2022

FDA Exempts Harm Reduction From Biggest Naloxone Access Restrictions

On September 22, the Food and Drug Administration announced that harm reduction naloxone suppliers are exempt from wholesale pharmaceutical distribution…

September 26, 2022

“Rainbow Fentanyl” Is Probably a Good Thing, at This Point

When Toronto’s Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site opened as an unsanctioned service in August 2017, drug-checking data contributed by staff…

September 23, 2022

The Pfizer Naloxone Shortage Ends, Leaving Us With Just the Regular One

[Read Filter's August 1 story introducing Remedy Alliance's naloxone distribution here.]   In the same way that the United States…

August 8, 2022

Exclusive: For the First Time, Harm Reduction Gets a Naloxone of Its Own

In late April 2021, a manufacturing disruption brought Pfizer’s naloxone production to a standstill, leaving more than half the country’s…

August 1, 2022

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