Media + Culture

“I Can’t Breathe”⁠—The Haunting Urgency of Juice WRLD’s Post-OD Album

Since the December 8, 2019 fatal overdose of Jarad Higgins—a Black rapper who went by the stage name Juice WRLD…

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Pleasure, Delayed: This Juneteenth Should Include Freedom to Use Drugs

This year, Juneteenth is taking its rightful place as a more meaningful celebration of freedom than July 4 ever could…

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The Paradox of an “Evidence-Based” Anti-Drug Media Campaign

The push for evidence-based drug policy is clashing head-on with a drug war rooted in fear-mongering and racism. Per a…

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“The Waterboarding of Drugs!”—Hasan Minhaj Blasts “Rigged” Marijuana Industry

If the marijuana industry is consolidating among large corporations, while Black and Brown people continue to be shut out and…

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“The Great” Offers a Window Into a Non-Temperance Way of Being

Netflix is currently screening The Great, a 10-part series portraying the improbable, nay astounding, story of Catherine II, Empress of…

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Anti-Vaping Zealots Find Opportunity in the Pandemic

“We have to seize this moment,” said Laurie Rubiner, executive vice president of the Bloomberg-funded Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. She…

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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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