M.L. Lanzillotta

M.L. is a writer living in the Washington, DC metro area. He’s the author of a number of novels. In his spare time he paints, dances, directs, acts, cooks and embroiders.

The Kind Man Who Used to Sell Me Heroin

In popular culture, people who sell drugs are stereotyped as remorseless monsters, like the loathsome Mikey Forrester from the book…

February 4, 2021

What It’s Like to Be “Out” as a Person Who Uses Heroin

In May 2019 Louise Vincent, executive director of the Urban Survivors Union, urged privileged drug users to “come out” in…

December 28, 2020

Why Dark-Web Drug Marketplaces Can Be a Refuge

Whether because of fentanyl adulteration or the present pandemic, buying drugs from the “dark web”—a term for sites in the…

April 21, 2020

I Chose Functional Heroin Use. Here’s How It Works for Me.

Recovery from addiction is different for everyone. In my case, abstinence from heroin didn’t work. Neither did medication. Anonymous meetings,…

May 23, 2019