Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is Filter‘s staff writer.

Rest in Power, Jesse Harvey

Networks of drug users and harm reductionists have been repeatedly devastated as overdose deaths surge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now…

September 10, 2020

The Frightening Future and Past of Cop “Mutual Aid”

Mutual aid organizing is experiencing something of a renaissance amid the coinciding crises of COVID-19 and overdoses. But the concept…

August 20, 2020

The Drug War’s “Science-Based” Training on “Dopers and Parasites”

A federally funded training program for law enforcement and other students offers a course titled Science-Based Drug Education (SBDE). Leaked…

July 21, 2020

BlueLeaks: Inside Cops’ Islamophobic Counterdrug Training

This is a time bomb” was one student’s description of a September 2014 counterdrug training course for narcotics law enforcement.…

July 15, 2020

“I Can’t Breathe”⁠—The Haunting Urgency of Juice WRLD’s Post-OD Album

Since the December 8, 2019 fatal overdose of Jarad Higgins—a Black rapper who went by the stage name Juice WRLD…

July 14, 2020

FDA Greenlights Private Sector to Purge Websites Selling “Unapproved Opioids”

A new private-public partnership aims to purge the internet of "unapproved opioid" vendors in the name of ending the so-called…

June 10, 2020

Two National Prosecutor Groups Urge Opposite Pandemic Responses

One national prosecutors' organization has thrown its support behind the criminal justice reform movement's demands for decarceration, arrest reductions and…

May 28, 2020

The Paradox of an “Evidence-Based” Anti-Drug Media Campaign

The push for evidence-based drug policy is clashing head-on with a drug war rooted in fear-mongering and racism. Per a…

May 27, 2020

Why Isotonitazene Is Not Yet the “New Fentanyl”

In the span of about a year, isotonitazene, a novel psychoactive substance (NPS), went from being practically unheard of to…

May 21, 2020

Canada Quietly Lifts Ban on Peer Injection Assistance at Safe Consumption Sites

On March 1, the Canadian harm reduction movement enjoyed a quiet win. Health Canada, the country's national health agency, permitted…

May 18, 2020