32 episodes

Each week, On Drugs looks through the lenses of history, pop culture and personal experience to understand how drugs have shaped our world. Because even if it’s just caffeine or ibuprofen, there’s a good chance you’re on drugs right now.

On Drugs CBC

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    • 4.7, 326 Ratings

Each week, On Drugs looks through the lenses of history, pop culture and personal experience to understand how drugs have shaped our world. Because even if it’s just caffeine or ibuprofen, there’s a good chance you’re on drugs right now.

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4.7 out of 5
326 Ratings
326 Ratings
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The On Drugs CBC Radio Podcast by Geoff Turner has been running since June 7, 2017 and has two seasons. Turner is the host and producer of On Drugs and is also a journalist. He worked in a halfway house when he was younger where men who had drug addictions passed through and he became fascinated with the fact that crimes almost always linked back to drugs in one way or another.

This podcast is structured with one host and interviews throughout. In the first episode I listened to, there were six guests – an author, doctor, journalist, police officer, etc. The sources of information he used were credible and gave the podcast value. The only recurring segment of this podcast was the ending where Turner says “this podcast is produced by…”

The Spell of the Poppy was the first episode I listened to. Turner shared a brief story about a boy who died from drinking too much poppy seed tea. After some investigation, they found codeine and morphine in his urine.

Poppies have opiate which is the plant material that is then turned into opioid drugs in a lab. Turner discusses the history of poppies from the island of Crete in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, and the statue of a woman with hair made of poppies which had slits where you extract opiates from. Turner brings in guest Larissa Libby from the Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Libby was the co-author of the book Heroin: Its History, Pharmacology, and Treatment. Matthieu Aikins is another guest who shares about Afghanistan’s mass involvement in the industry by growing poppies. He concludes with saying that Afghanistan does not hold the solution – the West does by putting an end to the demand. Four other guests also share their knowledge on opioids during the episode.

Prison, On Drugs was the second episode I listened to which was all about the misconception that criminals don’t have drugs in prison. Bob Ross was a guest on the show who said, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” In this episode there were seven people Turner brought on the show. Three of them were ex-criminals who were heavy drug users, and the other four were people who were involved in the criminal justice system in one way or another.

I found the interviews intriguing and I wanted to keep listening. It helped that drugs are a fascinating topic and the people Turner brings in are knowledgeable about it. The stories were engaging. I especially liked it when a person who had done drugs for a long time spoke about their experiences – what it felt like, what they lost because of it, etc. Geoff Turner is a good host for this show since he does have a past of working with ex-criminals who were heavy drug users – he is not coming at this podcast with nothing to show for it.

This podcast had no advertisements which makes sense because it is a CBC Radio Podcast.

I would give On Drugs five stars. The podcast is interesting and gives a listener valuable information. It is true to its name - On Drugs - and sticks to the topic faithfully. I appreciate that there are different points of view given in each episode, and that drugs are not painted only as terrible, or only as innocent painkillers that went awry. I would recommend this show to anyone looking for an hour of intense, but fascinating, listening and learning.

Deebaby10 ,

Great podcadt

Great podcast but seriously should remove Miltown on drugs due to that woman’s extra saliva-y mouth. I couldn’t handle it. Nothing more annoying haha

Ad Vitam Aeternam ,

Greetings from Tunis!

Great show!

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