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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…

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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…

4 weeks

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…

1 month

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…

2 months

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…

2 months

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…

3 months

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 ruled that Safehouse⁠—a nonprofit planning to open…

4 months

Who Still Prosecutes People for Possessing Syringes?

Programs that provide sterile syringes in exchange for used ones for people who use drugs reduce HIV and hepatitis infections,…

5 months

New York’s Substance Use Disorder Information-Sharing Consent Form for Patients

This is the consent form for disclosure of a patient's methadone and other health information developed by New York's Office…

6 months

Exclusion, Censorship, Internment: Brazilian Drug Policy Under Bolsonaro

The situation for harm reductionists here in Brazil continues to deteriorate. A decree signed by President Jair Bolsonaro and published…

6 months