Media + Culture

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

“Another Round”—A Nuanced Picture of Our Relationships With Alcohol

You’re in a bar, when the night seems close to ending but nobody really wants it to. Someone asks: “Should…

April 1, 2021

Marijuana Injustice and Forced Hospitalization in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Despite global progress, the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana for adult use in Brazil is still far off on the…

April 1, 2021

Read “The Young Injectables,” a Harm Reduction Comic Book

A couple of months ago, I was cleaning off a table in what used to be the drop-in center—before the…

March 23, 2021

In Nigeria, a Young Generation Finds Its Way Past Myths About Drug Use

In the late 2000s, Nigeria witnessed a surge in various kinds of drug use. Tramadol, a pharmaceutical opioid, became increasingly…

March 4, 2021

Without Evidence, Right-Wing Media Smears Seattle Harm Reductionists

Right-wing media outlets are attacking a Seattle, Washington, harm reduction organization for promoting safer alternatives to injecting drugs. On February…

February 26, 2021

Behind the Notorious Italian Rehab Community in Netflix’s “SanPa”

In the Netflix documentary series SanPa: Sins of the Savior, a tale of a community of people recovering from addiction…

February 25, 2021

The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty in the US

In July 2020, the federal government shocked activists and advocate by resurrecting the death penalty. After 17 years without federal…

February 22, 2021