Media + Culture

“Undoing Drugs”—Maia Szalavitz’s Profound History of Harm Reduction

In 1986, HIV/AIDS was burning through New York. The city’s gay population was devastated, and, though it was talked about…

July 27, 2021

Why Ethan Nadelmann Has Unfinished Business With Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann founded—and for decades ran—the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and is without question one of the most significant figures…

July 14, 2021

“Music Is a Trigger”—How I Was Welcomed to Rehab

[This article is excerpted from the author's new book, The Weight of Air. It recounts his first experience in rehab,…

July 6, 2021

“Mare of Easttown” and the Streaming Harm Reduction Revolution

HBO is leading a media revolution in the portrayal of drug use, including but not limited to problematic use, as…

June 11, 2021

What the Incredible Achievements of ACT UP Can Teach Activists Today

For her 700-plus page magnum opus on the history of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) New York, Sarah…

May 19, 2021

There Was Nothing “Wasted” About My Youth Spent Clubbing on Ecstasy

Some of us who spent a lot of time using drugs in our youth have a tendency to look back…

May 18, 2021

New Evidence Links “EVALI” Vaping Misinformation With Increased Cigarette Smoking

As kids went back to school in the fall of 2019, parents, educators, public health experts and lawmakers were growing…

May 7, 2021

Three Harm Reduction Zines From People Who Use Drugs in Denver

The Harm Reduction Action Center made these three harm reduction zines in collaboration with people who inject drugs in Denver,…

April 7, 2021

“Mind Control Menace”—The FDA’s Comic Attempt to Terrify Teen Vapers

A terrible menace has descended on a small town. It appears to be a plague, an ever-spreading green vapor that…

April 7, 2021

“Four Good Days” Is a Mess of Addiction Stereotypes and Stigma

“I’m going to level with you Molly—opioids have a 97 percent relapse rate.” This is the opening line for the…

April 6, 2021