COVID-19

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

Don’t Blame Protests for COVID—Defund Police for Communities’ Health

Hundreds of thousands have gathered across the country this summer to protest the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,…

August 19, 2020

How the Pandemic Hit People Who Use Drugs, in Their Own Words

In some ways, the coronavirus pandemic has hit marginalized people who use drugs the hardest. Harm reduction facilities have been…

August 13, 2020

New Jersey Bill Could Belatedly Release One in Five People From Prison

On July 30, the New Jersey state Senate voted in favor of a bill that could free about 3,000, or…

August 3, 2020

“Trail of Death”—A Short Film About COVID, Nicotine and Racism

This short documentary, concerning COVID-19, smoking, vaping and racism in America, was co-directed by Filter Senior Editor Helen Redmond and…

August 3, 2020

The Political Fight to Avoid an Evictions Catastrophe

The next crisis is fast approaching: one of evictions. On July 24, the federal four-month moratorium on evictions expired. It…

July 30, 2020

ACLU: COVID-19 Decarceration Did Not Increase Crime

Decarceration measures taken by county jails this past spring to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus behind bars bear no…

July 27, 2020