Media + Culture

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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What Psychedelics Reveal About the Nature of Consciousness

Dr. Peter Sjostedt-H is something of a rockstar “philosopher of mind.” His specializations include the English “process” philosopher Alfred North…

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If You Care About Health Justice, Stop Clicking on “Florida Man” Stories

Who hasn’t taken a break from dreadful news cycles to have a good laugh at the screwball crime stories attributed…

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Three Recent Stories Illustrate the Media’s Ongoing Drug-War Propaganda

Three widely distributed stories from the past couple of months illustrate the profound ways in which the media perpetuates harmful…

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Deprogramming From AA—When a Fellowship Resembles a Cult

Katherine was on the subway home from a meeting with her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor when it hit. They had just…

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What Politicians Daring Each Other to Be Drug Tested Reveals

Politicians are usually fond of pushing drug testing on their constituents—not each other. But from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Kiev, Ukraine,…

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“Crackhead” Is an Anti-Black Pejorative, Period

What’s up with this wave of crackhead jokes?" a Reddit user asked in a February 2019 post. In response, one…

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Newsflash: There Are Drugs at Coachella—Let’s Help People Use Them Safely

Coachella, the giant annual music and arts festival in California’s Colorado Desert, began April 12 and ends nine days later.…

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