37 episodes

Barely a week goes by without legal highs, binge drinking, or the latest celebrity rehab hitting the headlines. But have you ever wondered what the facts are behind drug and addiction news stories? Three researchers from the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London – Rob Calder, Elle Wadsworth, and Lindsey Hines – want to know: What’s The Crack? By applying their expertise in drug and addiction science to the latest media hot topics, their conversations reveal the complexities behind the headlines.

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This podcast is funded by the King’s College London Public Engagement Small Grant Scheme.

What's the Crack Rob Calder, Elle Wadsworth and Lindsey Hines

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Barely a week goes by without legal highs, binge drinking, or the latest celebrity rehab hitting the headlines. But have you ever wondered what the facts are behind drug and addiction news stories? Three researchers from the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London – Rob Calder, Elle Wadsworth, and Lindsey Hines – want to know: What’s The Crack? By applying their expertise in drug and addiction science to the latest media hot topics, their conversations reveal the complexities behind the headlines.

Tweet us @WhatTheCrackPod, and join the discussion #CrackPodIdea.

This podcast is funded by the King’s College London Public Engagement Small Grant Scheme.

    Substance Use in Older Adults

    Substance Use in Older Adults

    Hello everyone! This week Elle is joined with Chris Perlman and Eunice Indome, a Professor and a Masters Student from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Together they find out What’s the Crack with substance use among older adults!
    So, who classifies as an older adult? What substances are being used by this population? Why is it called an ‘invisible epidemic? Why is this population so important to research? And is alcohol treatment tailored to age?  


    Find out more about Chris and Eunice’s work: here


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    • 27 min
    DanceSafe (with Mitchell Gomez)

    DanceSafe (with Mitchell Gomez)

    Hi everyone! This week Elle is joined with Mitchell Gomez, the Executive Director of DanceSafe. Together they find out what’s the crack with DanceSafe and their onsite reagent drug testing in the US nightlife community!
    So, who are DanceSafe and what do they do? Why are people pressing super strong MDMA pills? Why are people buying fentanyl strips in the US? And if drugs are used in maximum security prisons, why do governments think that drugs can be kept out of nightclubs?
    Find out more about DanceSafe: dancesafe.org
    Follow them on twitter @DanceSafe
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    • 30 min
    The Loop (with Henry Fisher)

    The Loop (with Henry Fisher)

    Hi everyone! This week Elle is joined with Henry Fisher, partner of Hanway Associates and the senior chemist of the Loop. Together they find out what’s the crack with the Loop and their successful drug testing in festivals throughout the UK!


    So, who are the Loop? what is drug testing at festivals? How is it legal? Does the Loop have UK government backing? And why does someone keep selling anti-malaria tablets?


    Find out more about the Loop: click here
    If after listening, you think that the Loop is a worthy cause – please head to their website and check out their campaign!
    Find out more about Hanway Associates: click here
    Follow Henry on twitter: @_Hydrofluoric 
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    • 27 min
    UK Drug Policy (with Steve Rolles)

    UK Drug Policy (with Steve Rolles)

    Hi everyone! This week Elle is joined with Steve Rolles, the Senior Policy Analyst from Transform Drug Policy Foundation. Together they find out What’s the Crack with Transform and their successful work with drug policy in the UK over the past few decades, what country has ‘better’ drug polices, and why medical and non-medical cannabis lobbying should be kept separate.
    So, why is the War on Drugs so resilient? Why should we change the name of ‘decriminalisation’? and when comparing the States, Uruguay and Canada, which country has the better cannabis policy?
    Find out more about Transform Drug Policy Foundation: click here
    Follow Steve on twitter: @SteveTransform
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    • 32 min
    Ayahuasca (with Rev. Danny Nemu)

    Ayahuasca (with Rev. Danny Nemu)

    Hi everyone! This week Elle is joined with Reverend Danny Nemu, a hypnotherapist, and author of Neuro-Apocalypse. Together they talk about Danny’s new book and find out what’s the crack with psychedelics and their link to cognition and language, ayahuasca, the legality of psychedelics and the friction with science.
    So, do science and psychedelics mix? Is ayahuasca a drug? Are those who use psychedelics more liberal?
    To note: If you are thinking about doing ayahuasca, it is important that you trust the person that you are doing it with. Talk to people beforehand and ensure that they are interested in YOU. Stay safe and enjoy.
    Find out about Danny’s book: click here
    Find out more about Danny: click here
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    • 27 min
    Psychedelics with the CSSDP

    Psychedelics with the CSSDP

    Hi everyone! This week Elle is joined with Will Bastedo, the Director/Co-director of the Toronto Chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, CSSDP. Together they go deep into psychedelics and find out What’s the Crack with the research around psychedelics and mental health, promising new leads of psychedelics and epilepsy, and what’s the crack with microdosing?
    So, who are the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy? Are psychedelics a new lead for epilepsy? What is microdosing and who started it?
    To note: when we discuss 5HT2c or 5HT2a receptors, these are Serotonin receptors.
    Find out about the CSSDP: click here
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Tskele ,

Well worth a listen!

Really interesting podcast around a range of contemporary topics regarding drug use and addiction. I enjoy the diversity and stimulating discussions. Fascinating guests and a great host, keep up the good work!

OutlawTron ,

Much needed!

What’s the Crack do a superb job of balancing the science with the chat... meaning it’s brilliant to be able to understand the often complex subject matters this podcast addresses. Lovely presenters too!

cass9090 ,

Great stuff, informative and fun!

Keep up the good work!!

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