Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is Filter‘s staff writer.

Politicians, Cops Skirt Responsibility for NYC’s New Jails

Do you think we need more jails?" I ask. It's cold and grey. I'm talking with a cop outside the…

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What Harm Reductionists Think About Sesame Street’s Addiction Representation

Sesame Street, the long-running children’s television show, has taken on issues ranging from exercise to incarceration. On October 9, Sesame…

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The Consequences of an Incompetent First Step Act Rollout

Timothy Walker, 52, enjoys cooking and used to own a food truck in Philadelphia that sold sandwiches, hot dogs, and…

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Trans Justice? End Job Discrimination—And Sex Work Criminalization

On October 8, the United States Supreme Court is considering whether firing a person because of their transgender identity, as…

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How a Misapplied Needle Exchange May Harm Incarcerated People

A needle exchange program in seven federal prisons in Canada is at the center of a heated debate between the…

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Chemsex Invisibility May Explain Missing Meth Use in UK Data

Regular methamphetamine and mephedrone use is nearly nonexistent in the United Kingdom—that is, if you simply rely on the latest…

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National Guard Drops $100K on Fentanyl Fear-Mongering Classes for Cops

The ongoing panic around fentanyl, a potent opioid that is driving the overdose crisis, is being stoked among law enforcement…

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How America’s War on Drugs and War on Terror Go Hand-in-Hand

The United States has not always been committed to upholding opium prohibition in Afghanistan. Instead, its approach for the past…

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Increasing Asian-Pacific Islander Overdose Deaths Were Ignored by NYC Report

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) New Yorkers saw the largest spike in overdose deaths of any racial group between…

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How Harm Reduction Is Serving⁠—and Failing⁠—Asian Americans

The “4th wave of the overdose crisis” has arrived, tweeted Brett Giroir, a top official in the US Department of…

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