Kastalia Medrano

Kastalia is Filter‘s deputy editor. She’s previously written for a number of outlets including Newsweek, VICE, Vox, and Gizmodo. She also works at VOCAL-NY testing low-income New Yorkers for Hepatitis C, and is a syringe exchange volunteer at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. She would love to bring you naloxone.

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

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