Kastalia Medrano

The US Gets Its First Free, Rapid Drug-Checking Mail Program

Traditionally, the conversation around US safe supply consists of saying that we don’t have one and then pointing to Canada.…

March 21, 2022

2022 State of the Union Includes First-Ever Nod to Harm Reduction

The 2022 State of the Union address was the first such speech to mention harm reduction. The brief reference reinforced…

March 2, 2022

Drug Euphoria Is a Good Thing, Actually

Back before I'd ever heard of harm reduction, I spent a lot of time preoccupied with whether my prescription stimulant…

February 8, 2022

A BC Safe Supply Program Pushes the Medical Model as Far as It Will Go

In 2019, Canada funded an expansion of safe supply and put out a call for pilot programs. Of particular interest…

February 3, 2022

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