Media + Culture

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,…

4 months

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…

4 months

What Harm Reductionists Think About Sesame Street’s Addiction Representation

Sesame Street, the long-running children’s television show, has taken on issues ranging from exercise to incarceration. On October 9, Sesame…

4 months

Almodóvar and Portman’s New Films Illuminate Love, Heroin and Addiction

Two current films wonder about the nature of addiction—one involving obsessive love, the other heroin use without the usual addictive…

4 months

Why the Curious Story of William S. Burroughs’ Heroin “Cure” Still Matters

At the time I took the apomorphine cure I had no claims to call myself a writer and my creativity…

5 months

Celebrating Yom Kippur’s Fast With a Harm Reduction Approach

On the evening of October 8, Jewish people who use drugs, especially those who have an addiction or dependency, are…

5 months

SAMHSA’s “Meth Monster” Video Is Pure Fear-Mongering Propaganda

Stigmatizing PSAs about drug use have advanced far beyond the imagery of an egg in a frying pan. In 2019,…

5 months

The Mystery Lung Disease Caused by “Vaping” Was a Textbook Drug Panic

The opportunity that tobacco harm reduction haters have been waiting for finally arrived. On September 4, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D)…

5 months

Fentanyl, Inc: How Corporate Sales Floors Dominate the New Drugs Market

On the edge of Shanghai, men wearing balaclavas meet journalist Ben Westhoff at sunset. He’s blindfolded, pushed into a pickup…

6 months

Bigoted Facebook Post Shines Light on Sheriffs Who Run Our Jails

A recent discovery about an elected Georgia sheriff threw unflattering light on those charged with managing America’s jails, which chew…

6 months