Media + Culture

The Media Needs to Get Vaping Right on the First Try

In mid-September, two articles in prominent news outlets caused an uproar over how the media continues to misunderstand and misrepresent vaping.…

September 23, 2021

Truth Initiative Creates Fake Vape Company to Promote Fake “Depression Stick”

A man named Craig walks into a convenience store. He serves as a vape company’s VP of marketing, and he…

September 22, 2021

Sha’Carri Richardson Ban Prompts World Anti-Doping Agency Review

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will conduct a scientific review of marijuana next year to determine whether it should continue…

September 15, 2021

Survey Aims to Quantify Societal Stigma Against People Who Use Drugs

Despite recent policy strides like decriminalization in Oregon and authorization of a safe consumption site pilot in Rhode Island, a…

September 10, 2021

Weaponizing Michael K. Williams’ Death Against Harm Reduction Is Indefensible

Tributes have flowed after the death on September 6 of Michael K. Williams, the beloved actor and advocate for marijuana…

September 9, 2021

Strychnine and Vomit: The Untold Story of Past US Addiction Treatments

Kenneth Anderson is perhaps best known in the harm reduction movement as the founder and executive director of HAMS (Harm…

September 8, 2021

Hip Hop and Harm Reduction on Tour

Hip hop, like other music genres, is no stranger to drug overdose. The list of dead rappers grows ever-longer: DMX,…

August 30, 2021

At SXSW 2022, Drug Legalization Is Trendy—Unless the Drug Is Nicotine

There’s no cultural barometer quite like South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual weeklong festival in Austin, Texas, that hosts live…

August 19, 2021

A Guide to Fentanyl Touch Overdoses, Which Do Not Exist

Once as a paramedic student, I accidentally sprayed fentanyl in my face. It was my first time administering the medication,…

August 11, 2021

“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