health care

A Close Look at Denial of Pain Meds to People Who Use Drugs

For people who use drugs, accessing prescription pain medication when needed can be a severe challenge. A new paper digs…

April 18, 2024

When You Need to Go to a Hospital, and Private Prison Says You Don’t

Let’s say you’re incarcerated and have a heart condition. You’re supposed to be see a cardiologist every six months, but…

April 10, 2024

Handing Out Vapes in Emergency Rooms Could Save Thousands of Lives

Handing out free vapes in emergency rooms to people who smoke could save thousands of lives in the United Kingdom,…

April 5, 2024

The Private Prisons Industry Is Changing What Constitutes “Food”

Prisoners in solitary confinement are often served something called Nutraloaf. Imagine taking all the old crap from the back of…

April 4, 2024

Atlantic Canada’s New Hospital Services for People Who Use Drugs

There are all kinds of reasons a person who uses drugs might need to go to the emergency room. These…

March 26, 2024

As a Prison Fills With Wheelchairs and Walkers, an Eldercare Collective Forms

From our table in the prison day room at South Central Correctional Facility in Tennessee, my friends and I can…

March 25, 2024

Utah’s New Law to Authorize MDMA and Psilocybin Therapy

Utah is the latest state, and a notably conservative one, to authorize some form of psychedelic therapy. On March 21,…

March 25, 2024

Daily Methadone Clinic Dosing Creates Rural Transportation Nightmare

Heather Strong lives in a rural area of Maine, and can’t afford a car. She also uses methadone. So to…

March 21, 2024

My Benzo Withdrawals Induced Delirium, I’ve Come to Understand

I’ve always enjoyed using benzodiazepines. These depressants—the best known are pharmaceutical brands like Xanax, Valium and Ativan—produce a distinct type…

February 21, 2024

Are People Who Smoke Sick? Or Just Unaware of Better Options?

When the dangers of cigarette smoking were recognized in the 1950s and ‘60s, physicians assumed that tobacco would be treated…

February 5, 2024