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 syringe program in Brooklyn where she field-tests low-income New Yorkers for hepatitis C and navigates their treatment. She uses meth.

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

Court-Ordered Into AA? You Could Use The Satanic Temple Instead.

Two-and-a-half years after a bad relationship left her homeless, and 16 months after Child Protective Services took her children, Stephanie…

December 29, 2021

NYC’s Safe Consumption Sites Have Averted 63 Overdoses in Three Weeks

In the three weeks since the first authorized safe consumption sites (SCS) in the US began operating, the two New…

December 22, 2021

The Annual “Halloween Candy or Edibles” Lie: Special COVID Edition

Because it is October, attorneys general across the country are participating in the annual tradition of urging parents to stand…

October 28, 2021

“Never Use Alone”: Free 24-Hour Hotline Expands Across New England

The Never Use Alone Massachusetts hotline has become Never Use Alone New England, consolidating the free service for people using…

October 20, 2021

For Maine’s Church of Safe Injection, a Bittersweet Legalization

On September 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized a Maine syringe service program (SSP) to do what…

October 7, 2021

Harm Reduction Is for Eating Disorders, Too

There must be all kinds of unexplored applications for harm reduction, but the one I always come back to is…

September 22, 2021

Hochul Inaugural Address Hints at Potential Harm Reduction Agenda

New York Governor Kathy Hochul gave her inaugural address from Albany on August 24, one day after the drawn-out departure…

August 24, 2021