Kastalia Medrano

Oregon Lawmakers Recriminalize Drugs, Under the Guise of Treatment

On March 1, Oregon legislators approved a bill to recriminalize drug possession, undoing the historic Measure 110 enacted by voters…

March 4, 2024

Many Drug Users Aren’t Protected by “Good Samaritan” Laws

Kansas, one of the last two states without a "Good Samaritan" law for drug overdose, is poised to enact one.…

February 27, 2024

Nalmefene Is Not “Just Like Naloxone”

Opvee, an opioid-overdose antidote manufactured by Indivior that was approved in 2023, has in recent weeks been slowly rolling out…

February 23, 2024

You Can Definitely Misuse Naloxone, If You’re a Cop

Cops seem to have decided that ever since fentanyl came into the illicit drug supply, regular-strength Narcan is no longer…

February 13, 2024

WA Advances Fentanyl-Detecting K-9s—and Police Immunity From Damages

Washington State has advanced a bill to train drug-sniffing dogs to detect fentanyl—and limit police liability in civil lawsuits over…

February 5, 2024

White House Issues Very Soft Call for Prisoner Access to OUD Meds

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its first press release of 2024, promoting a January…

January 31, 2024

The DEA Made a “Fentanyl Facts” Quiz. Let’s See How They Did.

One of the weirder things to come out of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) "One Pill Can Kill" fentanyl awareness…

January 29, 2024

More K-12 Schools Receiving Narcan, If Not the Best Education About It

As of January 6, all New York City public schools are required to carry naloxone. This was already a requirement…

January 23, 2024

Stimulant Treatment Research Finally Uses Outcome Besides Abstinence

To whatever degree harm reduction has gotten mainstreamed, it still hasn't budged the meaning of “treatment” and how we measure…

January 10, 2024

The FDA Draft Guidance for Stimulant Use Disorder Medication Is… Decent

One of the reasons we have Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) is that opioids are…

November 28, 2023