53 episodes

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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 843 Ratings

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.

    Episode 45: Recriminalization

    Episode 45: Recriminalization

    Politicians and much of the media have been lying and whipping up a moral panic. And now, decriminalization in British Columbia is all but dead. In this episode, Garth talks with Crackdown senior producer Sam Fenn and VANDU organizer Hannah Dempsey to bring you the straight goods on why drugs have been re-criminalized and what … Continue reading Episode 45: Recriminalization →

    • 49 min
    Episode 44: Kids on the Block Part 3 – Danny

    Episode 44: Kids on the Block Part 3 – Danny

    Right wing politicians say safe supply will hurt kids – that young people will get hooked on drugs they’d otherwise never try. But kids already use drugs. If we want to protect and stabilize the lives of young people who use drugs, we need a regulated, non-toxic drug supply. On episode 44, we hear from … Continue reading Episode 44: Kids on the Block Part 3 – Danny →

    • 38 min
    Episode 43: Kids on the Block Part 2 – Jade

    Episode 43: Kids on the Block Part 2 – Jade

    Rightwing politicians and media pundits want us to fear safe supply and harm reduction. They say these interventions are putting children and families in danger, when we know the opposite is true. But there is one thing these conservatives are right about: Canadian kids have never been less safe. Not because of harm reduction, but … Continue reading Episode 43: Kids on the Block Part 2 – Jade →

    • 57 min
    Episode 42: Kids on the Block Part 1 – Bones

    Episode 42: Kids on the Block Part 1 – Bones

    Across the country, politicians and the media are fearmongering about children’s safety. They’re using a faux concern about families to attack harm reduction and the drug user movement. And their rhetoric is rolling back life-saving, public health responses to the overdose crisis. But now young people are pushing back. They’re saying they don’t want to … Continue reading Episode 42: Kids on the Block Part 1 – Bones →

    • 43 min
    Episode 41: New Front, Old War

    Episode 41: New Front, Old War

    Toxic drug deaths continue to break records in BC. We need an immediate expansion on all harm reduction initiatives. More than anything, we need a real safe supply. Instead, the BC NDP is moving backwards. They’ve fallen in line with a nation-wide moral panic and are actively rolling back the province’s hydromorphone prescribing and drug … Continue reading Episode 41: New Front, Old War →

    • 42 min
    Episode 40: Boys Don’t Cry

    Episode 40: Boys Don’t Cry

    In the trades there’s a zero-tolerance policy on substance use. But the construction industry relies on drugs. Cocaine and stimulants help maintain a demanding rate of production and opioids treat the pain caused by injury and gruelling physical labour. On the 40th episode of Crackdown, we tell the story of one construction industry veteran, Trevor … Continue reading Episode 40: Boys Don’t Cry →

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
843 Ratings

843 Ratings

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm11 ,

Eye opening, informative, incredible journalism

I’ve started this podcast from the beginning and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the effects of Canada’s drug policies, how they and the housing crisis affect the marginalized, what is needed. If you want to hear voices you never normally hear, voices you should hear, this is a great place to start.

doggybee ,

Incredible Journalism, Best Podcast

I found this podcast in 2023, 4 years after it started, and have been listening in chronological order. It is simply fantastic, in a handful of episodes I gained so much knowledge on the policies to push for and first hand experiences of drug users, and my mindset shifted on many things. The quality of journalism is extremely high, with a perfect balance of centering the voices of drug users, while also exploring scientific research on the topic, talking with police and policymakers both in Canada and abroad. Best podcast I have ever listened to.

Huxley2006 ,

Brilliant

This is one of the best and most educational podcasts I’ve listened to. Garth at the helm is a standout but I know the rest of the team are also invaluable. I think every conservative politician and police officer should have to listen to this podcast and it should be required listening for high school students. I’m only on episode 12 and I’m hooked. Thank you!

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