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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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  • Beauty: K2-Induced Seizures

    Courtesy of Chris Arnade

    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. ————————- Neurologists and emergency department physicians are frequently involved in the comprehensive evaluation of a first generalized seizure. [...]

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    The Mood of Drugs, the Tools Made and Traded

    Courtesy of Chris Arnade

    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. ————————- Background Genetic factors have been implicated in the development of substance abuse disorders, but the role of [...]

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    What It Takes: Nine Cents for Drugs

    Courtesy of Chris Arnade

    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. ————————- The criminalization of certain drugs has a range of effects; it fails to deter all use, but [...]

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    Lincoln Hospital, Injuries from Homelessness: Small Comfort of a Bath

    Lincoln Hospital

    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. ————————- BACKGROUND Homelessness is believed to be a cause of health problems and high medical costs, but data [...]

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    Shelley: Threats, Crack Paranoia, My Door at 2 a.m.

    Shelley, Astoria

    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. ————————- Cocaine-induced paranoia (CIP) has recently shown a relationship to genetic factors that may moderate disulfiram treatment response [...]

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    Beauty: K2 to Deal, with Abscesses and Bullets

    Beauty, Bullet

    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 “K2” and “Spice” drugs (collectively hereafter referred to as Spice) represent a relatively new class of [...]

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    Bernice: Abuse, Addiction and Hopelessness

    Bernice

    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. ————————- Almost half (45.5%) the clients reported having experienced one or more life-threatening overdoses. A third (32.7%) reported [...]

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    Women, Sexual Abuse and Addiction

    Carmela, Hunts Point

    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. ————————- Women experience alarming levels of physical and sexual assault, which may lead to escalation of substance use. [...]

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    Eric and Sonya: Crystal Meth and a New City

    Eric and Sonya, Warehouse

    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. ————————- Objectives To evaluate the prevalence and correlates of non-fatal overdose among a polysubstance-using cohort of injection drug [...]

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    Introducing Someone to the Drug that Killed Her

    Sonya and Eric, The Pit

    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. ————————- The majority of both male and female heroin addicts entering a city treatment program were introduced to [...]

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