COVID-19

In NYC Federal Jail, Medical Requests Go Unanswered for Months During Pandemic

At a New York City federal prison that’s recorded relatively few confirmed cases of COVID-19, medical requests made by incarcerated…

November 12, 2020

Inside the CDC Data That Confirm the Pandemic Is Driving Up Overdose Deaths

For months, media outlets including Filter have reported on a collage of anecdotal and local alerts from around the country…

October 22, 2020

“What Delivery Service?”—New Yorkers Left Risking Their Lives to Get Methadone

Every day, vulnerable New Yorkers are being forced to choose between accessing their lifesaving medication, or protecting themselves and their…

October 21, 2020

NY Harm Reductionists Face Pandemic Shortage of Syringes and Other Supplies

The COVID-19 crisis has taken so much away from people who use drugs in New York. An historic number of…

October 20, 2020

COVID and Vaping: A Perfect Storm of Misleading Science and Media

Seven months and more than a million deaths into the pandemic, scientists around the globe still don’t understand why some…

October 14, 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

Russian Drug Users Describe Life and Trends During the Pandemic

Drug use is globally interconnected. Just thinking of the routes illegal drugs take up to the point of consumption—from being…

September 15, 2020

Lacking Access to Clean Needles, I Caught a Life-Threatening Blood Infection

A few months ago I caught a life-threatening blood infection from a dirty needle. Well, probably. I don't know that…

September 14, 2020

Rezoning City Land Into Campgrounds? Emergency Homelessness Proposals Amid COVID-19

When it comes reducing the risks and harms of COVID-19 faced by unhoused people, public health and human rights officials…

September 1, 2020

Congress Must Pass COVID-19 Legislation to Depopulate Jails and Prisons

In May, the US House of Representatives passed CARES 2—the HEROES Act—another legislative package responding to COVID-19. The measure contained…

August 24, 2020