Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard

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…

May 18, 2020

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…

May 11, 2020

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…

May 1, 2020

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…

April 15, 2020

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…

April 14, 2020

An Indiana Police Dept. No Longer Reversing Overdoses During Pandemic

An Indiana law enforcement department has suspended police administration of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication, until the end of…

April 9, 2020

Court Reins In Social Workers’ Power in Drug-War Child Removals

Social workers are overlooked actors in the drug war, separating parents who use drugs from their children, often regardless of…

April 2, 2020

San Antonio’s War on Street-Level Sex Workers

On a late August afternoon, a woman with shoulder-length brown hair asked a passing driver on the west side of…

March 31, 2020

What Zoom Can Mean for Quarantined Chemsex Participants

University lectures, business meetings and friendships are increasingly being uploaded to the video conferencing platform Zoom amid lockdowns in response…

March 30, 2020

Surviving an Overdose Can Get Midwesterners Evicted

Renters are being evicted across Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin for simply surviving an overdose. Many have not even been charged…

February 27, 2020