Media + Culture

The Mystery Lung Disease Caused by “Vaping” Was a Textbook Drug Panic

The opportunity that tobacco harm reduction haters have been waiting for finally arrived. On September 4, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D)…

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Fentanyl, Inc: How Corporate Sales Floors Dominate the New Drugs Market

On the edge of Shanghai, men wearing balaclavas meet journalist Ben Westhoff at sunset. He’s blindfolded, pushed into a pickup…

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Bigoted Facebook Post Shines Light on Sheriffs Who Run Our Jails

A recent discovery about an elected Georgia sheriff threw unflattering light on those charged with managing America’s jails, which chew…

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Listen: A Podcast About Filter, Harm Reduction and Cats

  The latest guest on The Social Exchange, a thought-provoking regular podcast hosted by Filter contributor Zach Rhoads, was our…

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Social Media Giants’ Censorship of Harm Reduction Is “Book Burning”

Dominic Milton Trott, a former small-business owner in England, wanted to go to Peru to do ayahuasca, and became engaged…

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Drew Barrymore and the Case Against Labeling Children as “Addicts”

Drew Barrymore appeared on the cover of People in 1989 under the banner “America's Youngest Addict.” She had been consuming…

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“When They See Us” Depicts Gaslighting as a Form of Police Abuse

Listen to me, Tron. I need you to do what the police want you to do. You gotta say what…

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Elton John and Bob Weir’s Recovery Routes Are Closer Than They Seem

Two superluminary rock stars, Elton John and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, have in recent weeks presented addiction-recovery paths that…

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#ChangingTheNarrative—A Much-Needed Campaign to Improve Media Coverage of Drugs

On June 8, the Atlantic published a misleading story that suggests people who use drugs will seek out the potent opioid fentanyl…

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If We Wrote About Caffeine Like We Do Other Drugs…

Genelle Chaconas can’t go a day without caffeine. They consume the powerful stimulant in the form of coffee—a psychoactive drink…

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