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: 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.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

What the U.S. government is doing in Colombia has not slowed drug trafficking, but rather, created millions more victims through fumigation and displacement.