Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is a writer and organizer interested in cultural criticism, transnational politics and the ways that controlled substances are traded, policed and consumed. Having graduated from Vassar College with a degree in philosophy and women’s studies, she kick-started her writing career with work appearing in publications like Broadlyi-DPitchfork and them., among others. Sessi was previously a staff writer at Filter.

How Fear, Misinformation, Stigma Have Devastated US Pain Patients

Tamera Lynn Stewart had been taking prescribed opioids for 12 years to treat her chronic pain, following some cancer-related surgeries.…

April 28, 2021

Federal Funding Can Now Be Used to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips

The United States federal government has taken a step to make good on its late 2020 endorsement of fentanyl testing…

April 9, 2021

UK Confirms Harsher Punishment for GHB Users, After Moral Panic

The United Kingdom is moving forward with its plan to impose harsher punishments on people who use GHB—a chemical naturally…

March 31, 2021

Illinois Methadone Patients Could Be First to Have Privacy Rolled Back After SAMHSA Rule-Change

An Illinois Senator appears to be the first state lawmaker to push for a bill that would make a controversial…

March 29, 2021

Unhoused Berkeley, CA Residents Struggle for Water During Pandemic

There’s a cruel irony to lacking access to quality water as the sky pours rain, a luxury development’s fountain spews…

March 15, 2021

New Mexico the Latest State to Advance a Safe Consumption Site Bill

Exactly a week after the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill that would set in motion the state's establishment of…

March 4, 2021

How Canadian Drug Users Helped Save an Injectable Opioid Agonist Program

Amid a historic fatal overdose crisis, the Canadian province of Alberta wanted to end an opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment…

March 3, 2021

Washington Court Decriminalizes Drugs: Will Lawmakers Let It Stand?

In February 2021, two states decriminalized drug possession. One was much anticipated; the other seemed to come out of nowhere.…

March 2, 2021

Will Rhode Island Be the First State to Legalize Safe Consumption Sites?

The prospect of safe consumption sites (SCS) for mitigating the United States' historic overdose death toll has long been delayed…

March 1, 2021

Without Evidence, Right-Wing Media Smears Seattle Harm Reductionists

Right-wing media outlets are attacking a Seattle, Washington, harm reduction organization for promoting safer alternatives to injecting drugs. On February…

February 26, 2021