Kastalia Medrano

Kastalia is Filter‘s deputy editor. She’s previously written for outlets including NewsweekVICE and Gizmodo, and also works at a Brooklyn syringe program field-testing low-income New Yorkers for hepatitis C. She uses meth.

Read “The Young Injectables,” a Harm Reduction Comic Book

A couple of months ago, I was cleaning off a table in what used to be the drop-in center—before the…

March 23, 2021

The Biden Administration and Drug Policy: Expectation Versus Reality

As President Joe Biden replaces President Trump, advocates are balancing hope with more realistic expectations about how much progress the…

January 20, 2021

Frontline Harm Reductionists Qualify for Early Vaccination—Will They Get it?

Frontline harm reductionists—including syringe service program (SSP) providers, peer outreach workers and hepatitis C testers—should be eligible for early COVID-19…

December 22, 2020

New York State Launches 24-Hour Hotline for People Using Drugs Alone

New Yorkers who are using drugs alone, and who would like someone to stay on the phone with them and…

December 10, 2020

Pandemic Is Making Overdoses Deadlier, Research Shows

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the first available research has finally measured what harm reductionists have known…

December 8, 2020

House Passes the MORE Act in Historic Vote for Federal Marijuana Decriminalization

On December 4, the US House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act—the bill that would effectively…

December 4, 2020

Policing Associated With Higher HIV Risks Among People Who Inject Drugs

Police interactions are associated with higher HIV risks for people who inject drugs, according to new research. An analysis of…

November 24, 2020

Safe Consumption Sites Could Save $4 Million Per Major US City Annually

A new report assessing nearly 50 studies on safe consumption sites (SCS) worldwide adds to the growing body of evidence…

November 17, 2020

Where the Biden Administration Will Stand on Drugs and Harm Reduction

President-elect Joe Biden was a primary architect of the War on Drugs, with a “tough on crime” legacy from the…

November 10, 2020

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