Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is Filter‘s staff writer.

UK Drug Council Knows GHB Crackdown Targets Queer People, Recommends It Anyway

Spurred by media panic around a so-called "chemsex crimewave," the United Kingdom's independent drug policy advisors are recommending that people…

November 24, 2020

Paraphernalia Decrim Advances in DC—Just Not for Drug Sellers

On November 17, all 13 Washington, DC Council members voted affirmatively on their first read of the Opioid Overdose Treatment…

November 19, 2020

DEA Wants to Surveil Patients. Trans Men Stopped Them Once Before.

Throughout the past decade, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sought to encroach on patients’ privacy by accessing their prescription records…

November 16, 2020

In NYC Federal Jail, Medical Requests Go Unanswered for Months During Pandemic

At a New York City federal prison that’s recorded relatively few confirmed cases of COVID-19, medical requests made by incarcerated…

November 12, 2020

DEA Pursues Vast Expansion of Patient Surveillance

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is looking to expand its anti-diversion surveillance infrastructure by being able to search and analyze…

November 9, 2020

There’s an HIV Cluster Upstate, as Cuomo Starves Harm Reduction Orgs

Harm reductionists’ worst fears are coming to pass. A cluster of new HIV cases has sprouted in an Upstate county,…

October 27, 2020

NY Harm Reductionists Face Pandemic Shortage of Syringes and Other Supplies

The COVID-19 crisis has taken so much away from people who use drugs in New York. An historic number of…

October 20, 2020

Weirdly, Amy Coney Barrett’s Police-Accountability Record May Be Better Than RBG’s

On September 25, Amy Coney Barrett, a staunchly conservative judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, was named as…

October 15, 2020

Public Injection Isn’t the Problem—It’s Stigma and Prohibition

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for police to double down on the war on drug users while speaking to…

October 7, 2020

The “Date-Rape Drug” Narrative Has Been Weaponized Against GHB Users

Wait…” my therapist reacted during our weekly FaceTime session. I had just mentioned my nightly routine of throwing back a…

September 22, 2020