COVID-19

Frontline Harm Reductionists Qualify for Early Vaccination—Will They Get it?

Frontline harm reductionists—including syringe service program (SSP) providers, peer outreach workers and hepatitis C testers—should be eligible for early COVID-19…

December 22, 2020

New York State Launches 24-Hour Hotline for People Using Drugs Alone

New Yorkers who are using drugs alone, and who would like someone to stay on the phone with them and…

December 10, 2020

Prisons in Four States Likely to Vaccinate Officers, But Not Prisoners

On December 10, a promising COVID-19 vaccine is in the final stage of review before it's green-lit by the Food…

December 10, 2020

Worldwide COVID-19 Decarceration: A Lost Opportunity

COVID-19 has impacted us all, but people who are incarcerated have been among the hardest hit. Calls for large-scale releases…

December 10, 2020

Pandemic Is Making Overdoses Deadlier, Research Shows

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the first available research has finally measured what harm reductionists have known…

December 8, 2020

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