Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

Sessi is Filter‘s staff writer.

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

Charleston, WV, Wants a Syringe Service Program. Electeds Want It Criminalized.

Despite efforts by Charleston, West Virginia, politicians to re-criminalize syringe distribution, harm reduction is popular among local residents, according to…

February 24, 2021

A Guide to Lisbon’s Forthcoming Managed Alcohol Program

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Portuguese officials have worked to ensure supports are in place for unhoused people…

February 17, 2021

How a Chemsex Activist Teaches Yoga as Harm Reduction

In the context of a neocolonial global marketplace commodifying South Asian religious practices, yoga and mindfulness have been utilized by…

February 16, 2021

Stimulant Activists to UN: Fund Agonist Research to End AIDS by 2030

In the final decade before the United Nations' 2030 deadline to "end AIDS," a sprawling coalition of activists from Africa,…

February 11, 2021

How Immediate Naloxone Access Is Going 24/7 in Indiana

The state of Indiana is dedicating tens of thousands of federal dollars to making naloxone, the opioid-involved overdose reversal medication,…

February 10, 2021