Stories by Tessie Castillo

Tessie Castillo is the advocacy and communications coordinator at the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. She writes a regular column for the Huffington Post. subscribe to Tessie Castillo's feed

Posted on: Sep 13, 2017, Source: The Fix

The great irony of a system that erects barriers for committing a crime is that it drives people to commit more crimes—selling drugs in particular.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2016, Source: The Influence

Why we need to stop our policy of criminalize first, investigate later.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Mark Kinzly's career as heroin user and harm reductionist embodies the strange dualities of the fruit of the poppy.

Posted on: May 5, 2015, Source: Salon

Jill Brenneman lived a nightmare for three years. When she was finally free, she made a remarkable transformation.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: The Fix

A growing list of states have criminalized pregnant women who use drugs if they don’t seek treatment. These laws are doing more harm than good.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Methadone is a proven legal treatment for heroin and other opiate addiction, but some cops don't know or don't care.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2015, Source: The Fix

Why are women the fastest growing prison population in the US?

Posted on: Jan 6, 2015, Source:

no teaser

Posted on: Aug 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We need to treat addiction like we treat other health problems precipitated by poor choices.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2014, Source:

Naloxone is saving lives and aiding in harm reduction.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Naloxone reverses opiate overdose, but it's important to get it into the hands of active drug users.

Posted on: May 4, 2014, Source: The Fix

By extending the drug's availability to outreach workers, active drug users, and family members, we save lives.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A Georgia mother and police officer speaks in favor of medical amnesty laws, which expand access to overdose reversal medications.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Every person who dies from an overdose was someone's son or daughter, sister or brother.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why taking a harm-reduction approach is sometimes all you can do to change a life.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

He can now be found on the street corner in High Point reaching out to others in the hopes they can avoid his mistakes.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

New laws seek to encourage life-saving 911 calls by protecting people who overdose or call for help from drug charges.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Naloxone is key to fighting overdose deaths, but sky-high prices threaten community distribution programs.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Southern syringe exchange programs struggle with little funding, limited supplies and unfavorable public opinion.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Some officers aren't looking to make drug arrests; they want to save overdose victims from death.