Kastalia Medrano

    Kastalia is Filter‘s deputy editor. She previously worked at a number of other media outlets and wouldn’t recommend the drug coverage at any of them. She also works with drug users in NYC and drug checkers in North Carolina to track hyperlocal supply changes, and is part of a xylazine wound care team operated by the Urban Survivors Union. She uses meth daily and other drugs sometimes.

    “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 ...

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

    On September 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized a Maine syringe ...

    Harm Reduction Is for Eating Disorders, Too

    There must be all kinds of unexplored applications for harm reduction, but the one ...

    The Biden Administration and Drug Policy: Expectation Versus Reality

    As President Joe Biden replaces President Trump, advocates are balancing hope with more realistic ...

    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 ...

    Pandemic Is Making Overdoses Deadlier, Research Shows

    Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the first available research has finally ...