Kastalia Medrano

Kastalia is a journalist interested in stories about drugs, mental illness and public health. Her work has appeared in publications including Newsweek, Vice, Gizmodo, Vox and Teen Vogue. She is a volunteer at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center and lives in Manhattan.

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 hardest. Harm reduction facilities have been…

August 13, 2020

How Harm Reduction Is Responding to the Pandemic

In the two weeks since the first coronavirus cases were confirmed in New York City, the harm reduction landscape here…

March 19, 2020

IV Ketamine Shows Promise for Chronic Pain, But Doubts Remain

The Littleton, Colorado location of Ketamine Wellness Centers is in the basement level of an inconspicuous suburban office building. The…

March 3, 2020