41 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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    • 4.9 • 199 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 34: The Iron Law

    Episode 34: The Iron Law

    Drug decriminalization is coming to British Columbia. And that’s a big step forward. Our movement has been fighting for decriminalization for decades. To us, decriminalization means getting cops, courts and jails out of our lives. It means police stop harassing, arresting and seizing dope off of us. For the past year, VANDU sent Garth and … Continue reading Episode 34: The Iron Law →

    • 33 min
    Episode 33: You Will Not Destroy Me

    Episode 33: You Will Not Destroy Me

    A spectre is haunting BC’s overdose crisis — the ghost of Riverview Hospital. Riverview was one of the province’s main psychiatric hospitals for a century. The giant complex – sitting on 1,000 acres of kʷikʷəƛ̓əm territory just outside of Vancouver – was largely closed in 2012. Today it’s a popular horror film shoot location.  Garth … Continue reading Episode 33: You Will Not Destroy Me →

    • 45 min
    Episode 32: Goodbye Greg

    Episode 32: Goodbye Greg

    Last month, Crackdown Editorial Board member Greg Fresz passed away. As usual, we held a memorial for our comrade at VANDU. Sadly, we do this a lot. There’s nothing really that makes this constant death feel better, but at least we can feel “not better” together. That camaraderie? It’s the only thing that helps. When … Continue reading Episode 32: Goodbye Greg →

    • 18 min
    Episode 31: Love, Death and Benzodope

    Episode 31: Love, Death and Benzodope

    Can Martin and Laura’s fairy tale love story survive benzodope – the next lethal era of the drug war? British Columbia has seen a surge of unusual overdoses – including Martin and Laura’s. People are passing out for hours, losing their memories, and getting robbed and assaulted. And deaths have spiked. Again. But our community … Continue reading Episode 31: Love, Death and Benzodope →

    • 52 min
    Episode 30: DULF

    Episode 30: DULF

    In spite of a massive spike in overdose death, BC’s government still refuses to offer a genuinely safe supply of drugs. Eris Nyx and Jeremy Kalicum tell the story of how the Drug User Liberation Front has stepped up to do what the policy makers refuse to do themselves: offer people a safe version of … Continue reading Episode 30: DULF →

    • 47 min
    Episode 29: Resign

    Episode 29: Resign

    2,224 people died of toxic drug overdose in BC in 2021, says the Chief Coroner. How many months of fatal OD statistics have we seen since 2016? Fifty? Sixty? How many health and addictions ministers have passed through our lives as those numbers got bigger, only to move on after a few years? Enough. Politicians … Continue reading Episode 29: Resign →

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

torierrigton ,

Most validating podcast

I’m learning so much from this podcast! So sincerely glad it exists! I’ll use the info learned here to continue organizing!

EllenpdxGirl ,

To Maggie - people don’t need to be off drugs

Instead , They (users)need access to safer product and resources. So please you’re not who this podcast is targeting darling bye

rabidmoderate ,

Cut off episode

So balanced and informative. More attention needs to be paid to the awful situation of chronic pain patients. I’m an addiction psychiatrist

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