Media + Culture

Why I Think We Need to Move Beyond “Harm Reduction”

I walked around the park grounds checking out the jubilant crowd of young partygoers. A gospel-sounding, organ-dominated groove played in…

February 10, 2021

Watch: A Visually Stunning Chemsex Support Campaign

A Spanish HIV/AIDS organization has launched a colorful video campaign meditating on queer men's chemsex experiences and their pursuit of…

January 14, 2021

Ten Photos From 2020 That Reflect 2021’s Biggest Challenges

Few years in living memory have been as dramatic and distressing as 2020, and many of us were glad to…

January 4, 2021

What It’s Like to Be “Out” as a Person Who Uses Heroin

In May 2019 Louise Vincent, executive director of the Urban Survivors Union, urged privileged drug users to “come out” in…

December 28, 2020

Reason to Raise a Glass: The Alcohol-Zero-Tolerance Project Is Doomed

The World Health Organization has declared that there is no safe level of drinking—a zero-tolerance, just-say-no approach to alcohol. Public…

December 24, 2020

How Artists Are Reimagining the Overdose Crisis

Last year, I volunteered at a harm reduction center where fights and cold sweats broke out, war stories and grudges…

December 17, 2020

Watch: How Unhoused, HIV+ Queer People Resisted NYC Gentrification in the ’90s

As New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani's gentrifying assault on the gay West Village got underway in the 1990s, a…

December 1, 2020

My Psychedelic Love Story: An Interview With Filmmaker Errol Morris

On the surface, Joanna Harcourt-Smith had the kind of life many people dream of. As a young socialite in the…

November 24, 2020

“I Can’t Be Friends With You Anymore”—How Stigma Isolates Young Drug Users

One of the last memories I have of hanging out with my friend Jana (not her real name) was Halloween.…

October 13, 2020

So We’re Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic? It’s What Drugs Are For.

People are drinking (and using marijuana) more during the pandemic. Alarms have predictably been raised, but anxiety is misdirected. RAND…

October 8, 2020