The drug war, covered by drug users as war correspondents. Crackdown is a monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives.
Live at AAA 2019
Here’s a little bonus content. In November of 2019, Crackdown held a panel at the American Anthropological Association Conference in Vancouver. As drug users, we’ve gotten familiar with what it feels like when anthropology is done to us, when we are its subjects – its Guinea pigs. But in this panel we talk about what … Continue reading Live at AAA 2019 →
Episode 26: Artificial Energy
On Episode 26 of Crackdown, we look at crystal meth and the need to adapt to an unrelenting world.
While overdoses in BC are climbing to unprecedented rates, some doctors still refuse to provide drug users with access to pharmaceutical versions of illicit drugs. Instead, many doctors view addiction as a chronic disease to be treated by limiting euphoria, prescribing “safer” analogues, or surveilling their patients. On episode 25, Garth interviews Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute … Continue reading Episode 25: The Lab →
Episode 24: If It Wasn’t Drugs It Would Be Something Else
On Episode 24, Garth talks with the best-selling writer and activist Desmond Cole about how police use Canada’s drug war as a pretext for violence against Black communities. Garth and Desmond also discuss the relationship between the movement to decriminalize drugs and the movement to defund and abolish the police.
Episode 23: Cop Free Future
After 113 years, things might be changing in Vancouver. Mayor Kennedy Stewart has written to the federal government, asking for an exemption from Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. If he gets it, the city could decriminalize the simple possession of drugs.
In light of this announcement, Crackdown is taking a look at the birth of the drug war in Canada. When and why did it start? And what is it going to take to finally end it?
Episode 22: We’re Not Afraid of Needles Around Here
In the midst of a pandemic and overdose crisis, members of Crackdown’s Editorial Board are relieved to be getting the COVID vaccine. But we don’t just trust the government, so we’re doing our homework. For years, drug users have looked at medical and public health interventions critically, assessing things for ourselves. Drug users are particularly vulnerable to COVID and its new variants. We need to get that vaccine in our arms now. But there is so much disinformation floating around. On episode 22, Dr. Kimberly Sue, Medical Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, answers our questions about COVID19 and the politics of vaccination.
Not only do you get to understand what a PWUD may face and deal with on a daily basis ie: trauma, abuse and survival skills need on the streets. But this podcast really is an eye opener. So happy that Garth and crew are trying to ‘do away’ with some stigma. PWUD are someone’s family member and someone who is important. As a front line worker I feel like Crackdown is humanizing - yes - HUMANIZING NOT DEHUMANIZING people. Keep up the good work!
Why are my taxes paying for this…
Just saw on your website you get $$ from the feds to make this podcast. Huh? Making a podcast is literally free. Scam alert
This podcast has influenced my thinking, not only about drug use and addiction, but about the way I view society, more than any other podcast, book, movie, etc. Congratulations on fighting the power, revealing the truth, and acknowledging the trauma, for 25 episodes.