Tessie Castillo Tessie Castillo

    Tessie is a writer and drug policy advocate in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her articles explore topics such as criminal justice reform, drug policy and harm reduction. She previously served as the advocacy and communications coordinator for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, a statewide nonprofit that advances drug policy and criminal justice reform. During that time, she played a pivotal role in helping to legalize syringe exchange programs and expand access to naloxone. You can find her at her website or on Instagram.

     The Ecuadorian Fishermen Snatched Away by US Drug Warriors 

    After a flood wiped out Bexy Guerrero Salmiento’s home in 2013, her husband disappeared. ...

    Banning Menthol Cigarettes Criminalizes Black Communities, Say Advocates

    Smoking might be out of vogue, but flavored cigarette bans—like those of flavored vapes—are ...

    When Cops Turn Against the Drug War

    Commissaris Muyshondt, sorry to bother you,” said a voice over the phone. “We arrested ...

    When Harm Reduction Expansion Stifles Activism: A Lesson From Europe

    For six weeks this summer I had the extraordinary opportunity to visit harm reduction ...

    Drug Paraphernalia Laws: The “Swiss Army Knife” of the Drug War

    On June 7, 2018 Jessica* was sitting behind a church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, ...

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