heroin

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

The Incredible Story of Zürich’s Journey to Harm Reduction

Drugs, troublemaking, bad grades. At the close of 1968, Sidi was expelled from school. Now, the party could begin in…

September 9, 2020

Why the Drug User Liberation Front Gave Out Free, Checked Drugs in Vancouver

The Drug User Liberation Front, a Vancouver-based activist group, made a serious statement on June 23. During a protest in…

August 11, 2020

Growing Coca, Poppy May Be Latin Americans’ Economic Safety Net Amid Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has interrupted transnational drug supply—but that might not last long, the UN Office of Drug and Crime…

May 12, 2020

Vancouver Lost a Legendary Drug-User Activist in Dave Murray

As drug-user activists, we often lose a couple friends each month. This month has been particularly sad, with the passing…

May 12, 2020