Stories by Meghan Ralston

Meghan Ralston is a drug policy consultant in Palm Springs, CA. She is the former harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. subscribe to Meghan Ralston's feed

Posted on: Feb 16, 2016, Source: The Influence

The industry's failure to give lifesaving naloxone (Narcan) to vulnerable clients is unacceptable.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Whether Ross Ulbricht was guilty or not of being the Silk Road drug sales "mastermind" misses the point: Silk Road has created a new drug sales model.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Some people may never stop using drugs, but they also never stop being human beings.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's sponsored by a rehab program, but it shames and stigmatizes drug users.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We don’t say, “my mother, the blind,” or “my brother, the bipolar.”

Posted on: Feb 3, 2014, Source: The Huffington Post

His death will be called a "teachable moment," but we need to ensure that what we're teaching includes basic drug user safety information — information that can save lives.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

People need access to the information that could save their lives.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

Federal shutdown of Silk Road will do nothing to stop demand for drugs, nor end drug sales or drug use.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A flesh-rotting drug is eye-popping, but the real story should ask why we aren’t doing more to help impoverished addicts.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Women are victims of addiction and drug policy, but we rarely hear their stories.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Friday, August 31, is dedicated to understanding a new epidemic.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The New England Journal of Medicine recently released research showing that the recent introduction of the reformulated version of OxyContin is linked to increases in heroin use.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Over the past 15 years, an estimated 10,000 opiate overdoses have been successfully reversed with naloxone by people present at the scene of an overdose.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Drug poisoning is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, but the government is ignoring crucial ways to change that tragic fact.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet

No other state in the country endures as many annual deaths from accidental drug overdose as California.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While speculation is rife about a possible drug overdose, it doesn't really matter. Winehouse was haunted with struggles none of us will understand.