Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is Filter‘s staff writer.

“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Locked in a Crowded TV Room: Pandemic Revelations From a Federal Prison

Like many others affected by the coronavirus crisis, Simon,* a 43-year-old Black man, was confined to a room with a…

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Two Prominent COVID-19 Federal Prison Deaths’ Common Denominator? Joe Biden

"Don’t let yourself or your property get mixed up in the world of illegal drugs," US Attorney Ron Parsons of…

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Narcan Inventor Condemns Indiana City Cops’ Suspension of OD Reversals

Some law enforcement organizations across Indiana have established policies that punish or prohibit the administration of the opioid overdose treatment…

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Intubated Patients Need Fentanyl. The DEA Had Recently Cut Production.

As the pandemic sweeps the country, overwhelming intensive care units with patients in need of emergency respiration, medical-grade fentanyl is…

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