Media + Culture

The Real Harms of Abusive, Stigmatizing Language in Addiction Treatment

Ironically, the conversation that spurred a peer-support specialist at a buprenorphine program to yell me out of the room was…

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Tightrope: A Powerful But Problematic Deaths-of-Despair Narrative

Through the 1970s, Nicholas Kristof rode the Number 6 bus to school with Donna King, the Knapp’s five children, and…

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Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping?

In the wake of last year’s EVALI lung injury outbreak and a raft of legislative and media reactions to perceived…

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The Latest Dehumanizing, Anti-Harm Reduction Media Portrayal of Skid Row

On February 18, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid New York Post republished a new article from failed Seattle City Council candidate…

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Dismantling NY Mag’s Disgraceful Hit-Job on Vaping

New York Magazine ran an article this month—in its “Intelligencer” vertical, of all places—with the provocative title: “Who Thought Sucking…

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Why Did LSD Help Me With My Philosophy Degree?

It’s summer in the 1990s. I’m looking down from a hill in Richmond Park, London and from the pinnacle of…

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Radical Theater Performance Subverts Rikers Violence

Christmas was a week away. The sky was baby blue, but you wouldn’t have known that inside the windowless room…

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Why Overdose Deaths Have Fallen Here—Despite More Overdoses

Roughly 66 times every single day in British Columbia, someone calls 911 for a suspected drug overdose. And 66 times…

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The Artist Making Harm Reduction Gay Again

The makeshift harm reduction center quietly popped up in Chelsea, one of the historically gay neighborhoods of Manhattan. Tucked away…

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I Disagreed With Dr. Drew—And Unleashed His MAGA Twitter Horde

It was Christmas night. I was hosting my family here in Minnesota, feeling full and happy, watching my kids work…

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