Media + Culture

Make It Make Sense: The Confusing Terminology Around Safer Nicotine

Nicotine vapes contain no tobacco but are routinely called “tobacco products.” A 2019 lung disease outbreak is still known as…

October 12, 2022

“Rainbow Fentanyl” Is Probably a Good Thing, at This Point

When Toronto’s Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site opened as an unsanctioned service in August 2017, drug-checking data contributed by staff…

September 23, 2022

How to Respond Sensibly to an Increase in Youth Vaping

For the past few years, the United States public health community has been amplifying irrational fears among certain sections of…

September 15, 2022

Why Aren’t We Celebrating the End of Teenage Smoking?

When I was a teen in a small Midwestern town in the 1970s, the US high school smoking rate was…

September 12, 2022

Stigmatizing Drug Use Is Killing Us, But Why Is It So Hard to Stop?

Despite significant strides in drug policy in recent decades, and changing attitudes about some substances, stigmatization of people who use…

September 8, 2022

“New Meth” Is Nothing to Fear. It Isn’t New. It’s Just Meth.

If you’ve ever seen someone talk about “new meth” online, they were probably describing how it explained some aspect of…

September 1, 2022

Rebuttal for Paper That Links Reduced Prosecutions With Increased Homicides

Something about the concept of “progressive prosecutors” tends to torpedo rational debate. Chesa Boudin, the recalled district attorney of San…

July 26, 2022

Thousands of Free Naloxone Doses Hitting Music Events This Summer

Music events feel like one of the last safe, unifying cultural gatherings in a country ravaged by divisions and stresses,…

July 19, 2022

Inebriate Asylums to Narcotic Farms: Addiction Treatment’s Cruel Roots

Kenneth Anderson founded HAMS (Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support) in 2007 as a free online support group for people…

July 7, 2022