Media + Culture

Radical Theater Performance Subverts Rikers Violence

Christmas was a week away. The sky was baby blue, but you wouldn’t have known that inside the windowless room…

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Why Overdose Deaths Have Fallen Here—Despite More Overdoses

Roughly 66 times every single day in British Columbia, someone calls 911 for a suspected drug overdose. And 66 times…

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The Artist Making Harm Reduction Gay Again

The makeshift harm reduction center quietly popped up in Chelsea, one of the historically gay neighborhoods of Manhattan. Tucked away…

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I Disagreed With Dr. Drew—And Unleashed His MAGA Twitter Horde

It was Christmas night. I was hosting my family here in Minnesota, feeling full and happy, watching my kids work…

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Fab 5 Freddy Speaks Out Against the “Vaping Scare Campaign”

Fab 5 Freddy, also known as Fred Brathwaite, is a man of prodigious talents. An original “influencer” and hip-hop pioneer,…

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Screen Depictions of Parents Who Use Drugs Still Fuel Stigma and Punishment

Let’s play a game. I’m going to describe a scene, and you guess which movie it’s from. A thin, Black…

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Vapes and Lung Disease: The CDC’s Lesson in How Not to Handle an Illness Outbreak

Optimally resolving a nationwide outbreak of any illness involves the cooperation of not only countless local, state and federal agencies,…

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Fentanyl Panic and Halloween Sadism Myths: A Ghoulish Combination

Frankenstein's monster had nothing on this: A New Jersey beach town prosecutor's office has been fusing together two damaging drug…

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Filter Is Taking the “Free Methadone” Message to a Recovery Crowd

Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone is a feature documentary, created by Filter Senior Editor Helen Redmond and Marilena Marchetti,…

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The Militant Harm Reductionist Advancing Dan Bigg’s Legacy

Brandie Wilson has her work cut out for her: On October 3, the legendary harm reduction organization Chicago Recovery Alliance…

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