Maiz Szalavitz is the author of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, and the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.

Below are current articles by Maia Szalavitz.

Photo by Bettina Hansen of The Seattle Times

Photo by Bettina Hansen of The Seattle Times

Why Forced Addiction Treatment Fails, The New York Times, 4/30/2022

How the Drug War Died, The Nation, 4/11/2022

What the Opioid Crisis Took From People in Pain, The New York Times, 3/7/2022

Doctors Prescribing Opioids in Good Faith Should Not Be Prosecuted, Scientific American, 2/25/2022

Opinion: We’re Waging the Wrong Battle Against Opioids, Undark, 2/4/2022

Treating Addiction as a Crime Doesn’t Work. What Oregon Is Doing Just Might, The New York Times, 1/26/2022

Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times, The New York Times, 12/6/2021

How Key Early Ideas Helped Shape Today’s Harm Reduction Movement, Filter, an excerpt from Undoing Drugs, 11/23/2021

Rethinking What it Means to Recover from Addiction, Time, 9/29/2021

Book talk on Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, Drug Policy Alliance Department of Research and Academic Engagement, 9/22/2021

The FDA Shouldn’t Support a Ban on Kratom, Scientific American, 8/12/2021

The Pain Was Unbearable. So Why Did Doctors Turn Her Away?, Wired, 8/11/2021

How Drug Users Developed a Key Approach to Fighting Covid, The New York Times, 7/23/2021

Harm Reduction Is the Best Approach for COVID and Drug Addiction, Scientific American, 7/7/2021

We’re Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid Crisis, Scientific American, 5/28/2021

What the Incredible Achievements of ACT UP Can Teach Activists Today, Filter, 5/19/2021

Pain and Isolation Are Driving America’s Lockdown Overdose Surge, Vice, 2/18/2021

Maia’s writing from 2018-2020 is here.

  • Maia’s writing from 2016-2017 is here.
  • Selections from Maia’s pre-2016 writing are here.

Last updated 3/20/2022