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The White Noise

The White Noise

A hit of addiction and mental illness, chased by chemistry and culture.

  • Choosing to Leave Science Blogging: Goodbye for Now

    By Cassie Rodenberg | December 15, 2014 |

    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 covering Hunts Point, Bronx, addiction and poverty. […]

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  • Thoughts of Drugs, and Other Things, While in Prison

    By Cassie Rodenberg | October 30, 2014 |

    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 during the 1990s to support the political doctrine that ‘prison works’. […]

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  • Traveling to Prison, There Are No Bus Schedules

    Traveling to Prison, There Are No Bus Schedules

    By Cassie Rodenberg | October 29, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • What's Allowed in Prison? Not Hair Conditioner

    What's Allowed in Prison? Not Hair Conditioner

    By Cassie Rodenberg | October 28, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Visiting Prison, Things Are Taken

    Visiting Prison, Things Are Taken

    By Cassie Rodenberg | October 27, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Overdosing While Homeless, Vanishing from Family

    By Cassie Rodenberg | September 29, 2014 |

    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 general population. […]

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  • The Importance of Possessions While Homeless

    By Cassie Rodenberg | September 28, 2014 |

    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 the homeless in our society. […]

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  • Between Homelessness and Psychiatric Hospitals

    By Cassie Rodenberg | September 27, 2014 |

    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 serious mental illnesses in a large public mental health system in a 1-year period. […]

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  • Avoiding Heroin and Crack, Getting Hooked on K2

    By Cassie Rodenberg | September 25, 2014 |

    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 Zealand forensic psychiatric in-patient service. […]

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

    By Cassie Rodenberg | September 24, 2014 |

    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 methadone patients substitute other drugs for heroin. […]

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