fentanyl

The Consequences of Colorado’s Fentanyl Refelonization

In the context of the drug war, Colorado is best known for pioneering a number of high-profile reforms. In 2012,…

October 26, 2022

San Francisco’s New DA Moves to Prosecute Overdose Deaths as Murder

The successor to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is making good on her promise to ramp up the drug…

October 3, 2022

“Rainbow Fentanyl” Is Probably a Good Thing, at This Point

When Toronto’s Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site opened as an unsanctioned service in August 2017, drug-checking data contributed by staff…

September 23, 2022

Are Fentanyl Test Strips Helpful for Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Pills?

The chocolate chip cookie theory of fentanyl distribution in counterfeit "pharmaceutical" pills holds that when the pills are pressed, the…

August 25, 2022

Biden’s “Safer America Plan” Involves Hiring 100,000 More Cops

On July 21, the Biden administration released its “Safer America Plan,” part of its budget for the 2023 fiscal year.…

July 26, 2022

People’s “Purposeful, Rational” Reasons for Mixing Meth and Opioids

People mixing stimulants and opioids is not a new phenomenon. Mixing heroin and cocaine, a “speedball,” was fairly common practice…

July 25, 2022

The Devastating Rise in Overdose Deaths of Black and Indigenous People

Overdose deaths among Black and Indigenous people in the United States surged in 2020, rising at far faster rates than…

July 21, 2022

My Overdose on “Benzo Dope” Was Part of a Current Wave

It’s hard to write a story about events of which you have almost no recollection. But as the days pass,…

June 22, 2022

Ohio Bills Seek to Decriminalize Fentanyl Test Strips

Ohio lawmakers are—slowly—considering legislation to decriminalize fentanyl test strips. On May 19, state Representative Kristin Boggs (D) testified before the…

May 24, 2022

Record High Overdose Deaths—Yet Again—in 2021, CDC Reveals

New provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 108,000 people died of a…

May 12, 2022