heroin

How I Quit Heroin and Why That Hasn’t Fixed My Life

There exists a common misconception that if a person uses illicit drugs, all of their problems stem from their drug…

January 27, 2022

Why San Francisco Drug Users Are Injecting Less, Smoking Fentanyl More

Many people who use drugs in San Francisco have been reducing their injecting of heroin and other drugs and smoking…

September 14, 2021

Activists Call on Canada to Back Heroin, Cocaine, Meth Buyer’s Clubs

On August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, drug-user activists in British Columbia formally petitioned the Canadian federal government to operate…

September 2, 2021

The Last Heroin Seller in Maracaibo

I have lived in Maracaibo all my life. For many, the way of life here is one of simply trying…

July 19, 2021

Legalizing Opioids: Three Proposed Models for Non-Medical Use

A rarity among academic papers, a new piece of research proposes models for legalizing opioids for non-medical use. A glut of…

April 19, 2021

Without Evidence, Right-Wing Media Smears Seattle Harm Reductionists

Right-wing media outlets are attacking a Seattle, Washington, harm reduction organization for promoting safer alternatives to injecting drugs. On February…

February 26, 2021

The Last Days of Heroin: Fentanyl’s Rise and the Pattern It Represents

Five years ago, British Columbia saw a change. People who use drugs in the Canadian province started overdosing in higher…

February 18, 2021

The Kind Man Who Used to Sell Me Heroin

In popular culture, people who sell drugs are stereotyped as remorseless monsters, like the loathsome Mikey Forrester from the book…

February 4, 2021

What It’s Like to Be “Out” as a Person Who Uses Heroin

In May 2019 Louise Vincent, executive director of the Urban Survivors Union, urged privileged drug users to “come out” in…

December 28, 2020

Utah’s Overdose Spike and a Green Substance Known as “Hulk”

Local officials and harm reductionists are reporting increased drug overdoses in Utah this year, concentrated in Salt Lake City, although…

September 10, 2020