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. When not at Filter, she works with drug users in NYC and drug checkers in North Carolina to track hyperlocal supply changes, and cohosts a national stimulant users call with Isaac Jackson.

VT Legalizes Safe Consumption Sites, Reversing Course on Veto Override

  [Update, June 17: This story has been edited to reflect the final outcome of the Assembly vote] Vermont has…

June 17, 2024

White House Meth Plan Still Includes Harm Reduction, Just Not for Meth

Once the federal government designated methamphetamine an “emerging drug threat” in March 2022, the White House Office of National Drug…

June 10, 2024

Ohio Bans More Nitazenes, Claiming They Cause Deaths on Their Own

Ohio has temporarily banned nine nitazene analogs as Schedule I controlled substances, making sale and use within the state illegal.…

June 6, 2024

New National Drug Control Strategy: Almost More Harm Reduction Access

In 2022, the White House released a National Drug Control Strategy that it widely touted as the “first-ever to champion…

June 3, 2024

VT Gov. Vetoes Safe Consumption Site Bill. It May Become Law Without Him.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) has vetoed legislation that would authorize a safe consumption site (SCS) pilot. On May 30,…

May 31, 2024

Amid DEA War on Meth, Cocaine Is at Last a “Traditional Plant-Based Drug”

The 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) is such a widely cited document partly because it houses Drug Enforcement Administration…

May 20, 2024

Walgreens Rolls Out $34.99 Naloxone, as Generics and OTC Gain Ground

Walgreens is rolling out an over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone nasal spray, which it will sell alongside the OTC Narcan it already…

May 16, 2024

The Opioid Settlements Being Paid in Naloxone Don’t Quite Add Up

Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a New Jersey-based manufacturer known for generics, has agreed to settle the 900-plus lawsuits alleging it failed to…

May 7, 2024

The Delaware Mass Overdose Drugs Aren’t “Naloxone-Resistant”

On April 30, Delaware State Police (DSP) and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) issued what was…

May 2, 2024

FDA Approves Even Higher-Dose Naloxone Nasal Spray, Again

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new naloxone nasal spray that contains 10 mg of the opioid overdose…

April 29, 2024