25 May 2013

Ex-heroin addict says farewell to addiction

Everyone got a bronze coin for graduating drug rehab. Well, at least they did at the one I went to. All the ceremonies were the same. The coin is passed

18 May 2013

Past heroin addict tells abscess horror stories

The pain was agonizing. I told the doctor in the emergency room to slice open my thigh and drain the pus. Once he could do that, I would be on

13 May 2013

Bay to Breakers bans backpacks after Boston bombings

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="684" caption="Photo by Greg Moreno / Special to Xpress"][/caption] When Bay to Breakers officials announced that this year’s race would now include backpacks to its list of

12 May 2013

Rediscovering sex on the first stretches of sobriety

Soon after the dope sickness, the anger and the depression, my cravings to use drugs slowly began to disappear. Without drugs and alcohol, I faced a whole new set of

04 May 2013

Ex-addict supports new bill to reduce risk of felony charges

I used to sit in my car listening to the public radio station while I waited for my drug dealer to arrive. Shows like the “BBC News Hour,” “This American

01 May 2013

SF State Muslim community quells media driven stereotypes

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”1024″ caption=”SF State's Muslim Student Association (MSA) members Moaan Ahmed, left, and Ali Al-Arabi, right, pray in room C-139 in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez

27 Apr 2013

The greatest revelation that beat addiction

This is the final installment of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. It

23 Apr 2013

New LGBTQ safe zones aim to reduce crime, increase security

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”1024″ caption=”Police stations in San Francisco now display a sign on the front of the building stating that they are safe havens for the LGBTQ community. According

16 Apr 2013

SF rent resource puts SF State student on the map

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”800″ caption=”Stephanie May, creator of a San Francisco Rental Heat Map that lists the median prices of a one-bedroom for each district, sits in front of a

15 Apr 2013

Trying sobriety in the trenches of addiction

This is part two of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. As a

13 Apr 2013

The road to sobriety: homelessness versus rehab

This is the first part of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. People

11 Apr 2013

UP2CODE app enables citizens to report violations in SF

The City Attorney’s Office officially jumped on the technology bandwagon when it announced a new smartphone app that allows users to report non-emergency violations directly to code enforcement offices. Officially launched

06 Apr 2013

Serial Inebriate Program arouses ex-addict's concern

When I was in jail, the hardcore drug addicts and alcoholics told me not to accept a drug treatment program in the place of jail. Treatments are a hassle. Do

23 Mar 2013

New laws affect the consequences of calling in an overdose

We were cooking up black tar heroin at his place. It was early in my junkie career and I didn’t yet know how to hit my vein with the needle.

19 Mar 2013

Drug trends evolve at SF State

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”1024″ caption=”The prescription drug Strattera is a common focusing drug used to treat ADHD and is similar to Adderall or Ritalin. Students often use these drugs for

16 Mar 2013

Learning to love through years of addiction

I wanted to begin my new column with a story about injecting heroin into my penis, but my girlfriend, Nicole, warned me it may be too soon. The audience might

13 Mar 2013

SF State struggles to match demand for popular majors

Super seniors aren’t the cool kids on campus, they’re just students who got stuck here, couldn’t get the classes they needed and didn’t graduate on time. An impacted major isn’t

09 Mar 2013

Viral VICE article on Tenderloin drug use elicits criticism, personal narrative

Being a drug addict is the worst. I know. For almost five years I shot heroin every day. I lived the life of a heroin junkie: stealing, lying and doing whatever

26 Feb 2013

California gun ban reality hits target on heated debate

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”1024″ caption=”Andy Navarro, 23, San Jose resident and NRA member shoots his AR-15 style rifle that he built himself from parts at the Coyote Point shooting range

20 Feb 2013

Controversy looms over potential condo conversion law

The flames of discord rage on between homeowner advocates and tenant rights activists over a new law that, if passed, would allow for a onetime citywide increase in the amount

18 Feb 2013

Thousands march in SF against Keystone XL pipeline

[HTML1] Tommy Diestel, a student of Butte College, held a megaphone and led some of the thousands of people who marched near the Embarcadero in San Francisco during a climate

05 Feb 2013

Immigration reform reignites policy discussion

Immigrant rights activist­­ Perla Flores crossed the border unchecked with her parents when she was 8 years old and lived undocumented for years. In 2010, she got her green card,

29 Jan 2013

New drug disposal program aims to cut down pollution, abuse

[caption id=”” align=”alignright” width=”614″ caption=”Pharmacist Tony Bastian of Joe’s Pharmacy on 16th and Geary Streets in downtown San Francisco opens a recycling drug disposal bin on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013