health care

The Mission to Make Psilocybin Available to UK Cancer Patients

“I was involved in oncology when I was a medic,” Dr. Malcolm Barratt-Johnson told Filter, “and in all honesty, the…

April 25, 2022

As a Methadone Patient, I Demand No Return to the Pre-COVID Status Quo

COVID-19 made us rethink how and why we were doing all kinds of things simply out of routine. Why do…

April 20, 2022

More Doctors Recommending Vapes—Due in Part to Patients’ Prompting

A study published April 15 in JAMA Network Open found that more and more US patients who smoke are asking…

April 19, 2022

Toronto’s New Hospital-Based Safe Consumption Site Is a First for Ontario

A specialized hospital in Toronto opened the doors to a new supervised consumption site for its patients on April 4.…

April 7, 2022

How My Drinking Was Used to Deny Me Treatment for Depression

Five years ago, I called the hotline for adult psychological services at a major university hospital’s psychiatry department. After completing…

March 7, 2022

San Francisco Hospital Program Offers Harm Reduction to Patients

In some hospitals in the United States, doctors will send people home with prescriptions for opioid use disorder medications like…

February 24, 2022

Proposed Drug-Decrim Ballot Initiative All Set in Washington State

Washington State activists have filed a proposed ballot initiative that would remove criminal penalties for simple drug possession and direct…

February 8, 2022

Insurers Illegally Denying Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Benefits

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury released a report on January 25 that suggests…

January 25, 2022

California to Offer Contingency Management for Stimulant Use on Medicaid

On December 29, 2021, California became the first state to receive federal approval to cover the contingency management approach to drug…

January 13, 2022

In Hamilton, Ontario, a Safe Supply Program Inches Forward

A small safe supply program in Hamilton, Ontario, is expanding. It has no funding, a capacity limited to a few…

January 4, 2022