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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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  • Overdosing While Homeless, Vanishing from Family

    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. ————————- 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

    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. ————————- 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

    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. ————————- 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

    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. ————————- 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

    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. ————————- Data were analyzed from the nationwide Treatment Outcome Prospective Study (TOPS) to assess whether current and former [...]

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    Facebook Updates While Homeless and in Rehab

    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. ————————- To examine why court mandated offenders dropout of drug treatment and to compare their characteristics, treatment experiences, [...]

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    The Unspeakable Stillness of HIV

    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. ————————- Abstract Objectives. We report HIV seroprevalence and risk factors for urban indigent adults. Methods. A total of [...]

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    Takeesha and Steve: The Inability to Prove Homelessness for Housing

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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. ————————- OBJECTIVES: This study examined predictors of entry into shelter and subsequent housing stability for a cohort of [...]

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    Women’s Portraits and Stories vs. the Sex Men Want from Them

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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. ————————- Homeless women experience extensive health risks including physical and sexual victimization. Few studies that have gathered information [...]

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    Backpage: Hopes for Homeless Women, Written Reviews from Men

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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. ————————- The use of Internet technology for solicitation by sex workers has raised important legal and regulatory questions. [...]

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