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.

    Cops Who Turn Against the Drug War Really Matter

    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, ...

    Why Drug Dealers Are the Wrong People to Blame for the Overdose Crisis

    Tyrique Wise was working at his self-owned painting and pressure washing business in Southern ...

    The Invisible Majority: People Whose Drug Use Is Not Problematic

    For years, Mark* woke up each morning, made breakfast for his two young children, ...