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The White Noise


A hit of addiction and mental illness, chased by chemistry and culture.
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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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  • The Man Who Prowls the Abandoned House for Women

    Cowboy, Hunts Pont

    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. ————————- Literature addressing the relationship between substance use and physical and sexual violence against women is reviewed briefly. [...]

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    Just a Look: The Threat and Persona of Assault and Violence

    Chino, 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. ————————- OBJECTIVES: This study estimated the frequency and correlates of intimate partner violence by type (physical, sexual, battering, [...]

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    Nothing Comes Free: Sexual Assault for a Place to Stay

    TV, Corner Apartment

    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 Homeless persons experience high rates of sexual and physical assault; homeless women are thought to be [...]

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    Mental Illness, Sexual Advances and What Women Face

    Cavern, 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. ————————- OBJECTIVE: To examine the comorbidity of severe mental illness with sexual offending in men. METHOD: A case-control [...]

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    When ‘Pimp’ and ‘Boyfriend’ Become Interchangeable

    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. ————————- Street-level prostitution is comprised of both pimp-controlled prostitution and independent entrepreneurial prostitution. Although much of the more [...]

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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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