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The White Noise


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    Cassie Rodenberg I write on culture, poverty, addiction, and mental illness: I explore things we like to ignore. I also teach public school in New York City's South Bronx. Follow on Twitter @cassierodenberg.
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  • Choosing to Leave Science Blogging: Goodbye for Now

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Dear readers, It has been four years since I joined Scientific American blogs, three of those spent [...]

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    Thoughts of Drugs, and Other Things, While in Prison

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- A 1992 study, The Dynamics of Recidivism, was cited by the Home Secretary of the Conservative government [...]

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    Traveling to Prison, There Are No Systems

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Geographic separation from family is one consequence of imprisonment. Depending on the state, prisons are often located [...]

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    What’s Allowed in Prison? Not Hair Conditioner

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Jail inmates face substantial emotional, economic, legal, and other challenges when they are incarcerated. The extent to [...]

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    Visiting Prison, Things Are Taken

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Little has been written about policies affecting the public who visit jails. As the number of jail [...]

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    Overdosing While Homeless, Vanishing from Family

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Abstract Background: Homeless people are at high risk for illness and have higher death rates than the [...]

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    The Importance of Possessions While Homeless

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Abstract: This research utilized an ethnographic approach to advance our understanding of the survival strategies employed by [...]

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    Between Homelessness and Psychiatric Hospitals

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- OBJECTIVE: The authors examined the prevalence of and risk factors for homelessness among all patients treated for [...]

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    Avoiding Heroin and Crack, Getting Hooked on K2

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Synthetic cannabinoid-receptor agonists may precipitate psychosis in vulnerable individuals, as shown by recent experience within a New [...]

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    Meeting at a Methadone Clinic, Double-Crossing for Drug Sale

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    This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Data were analyzed from the nationwide Treatment Outcome Prospective Study (TOPS) to assess whether current and former [...]

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