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Canada’s Safe-Supply Vending Machines Project Is Even More Important Now

Due to the drastic increase in opioid-involved overdoses, British Columbia declared a public health emergency in 2016. Fentanyl was in…

May 5, 2020

Why Dark-Web Drug Marketplaces Can Be a Refuge

Whether because of fentanyl adulteration or the present pandemic, buying drugs from the “dark web”—a term for sites in the…

April 21, 2020

SAMHSA’s Absurd Criteria for Identifying “Stable” Methadone Patients

For decades, methadone reform advocates have tried to loosen or remove the highly restrictive take-home dose regulations promulgated by the…

March 31, 2020

Filter in 2019: A Dramatic Year in Drug Policy

This year has been a turbulent one in drug policy, harm reduction and human rights. Large-scale oppression, disastrous policy decisions…

December 24, 2019

Welcome to Kava Culture: A Spreading Alternative to Reduce Anxiety

Bula!—which means “life” or “to live”—is the traditional exclamation before drinking kava tea in Fijian culture. The ritual has also…

December 20, 2019

A San Francisco Man Is Currently in Jail for Eating a Cookie in Rehab

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Michael Begert is probably feeling lucky that he is not facing reelection for another five…

December 9, 2019

Inside the Controversy Over a Progressive Georgia Mayor’s Court System

Clarkston, Georgia is undeniably a small city, with about 13,000 residents. But it packs a large punch when it comes…

December 3, 2019

Veteran’s Case Shows How Diversion Courts Punish Poverty

Joseph McCabe, a military veteran from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, fell on hard times. In a bout of desperation, he stole…

November 19, 2019

Why Opioid Pharma Hatred Is Overblown and Harmful

Opioid pharma—manufacturers of medications designed to relieve pain—has been under the gun ever since the opioid-involved overdose crisis began. Most…

October 17, 2019

Huge Court Win for Philly Safe Consumption Site⁠—But Fight Isn’t Over

October 2 will live long in US harm reduction history. A federal judge gave an interim ruling that Safehouse⁠—a nonprofit…

October 3, 2019