29 episodes

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We focus on legalizing marijuana; criminal justice reform and ending draconian prison sentences for drugs; harm reduction policies that prevent overdoses and save lives; and we educate the public about drugs while dispelling popular myths and misinformation. Our host, Tommy McDonald, has been on DPA’s media team for 12 years and worked in journalism and radio before coming to DPA, and he’ll be mostly joined by Derek Rosenfeld, who has run DPA’s social media since 2010. Follow on Twitter @drugsnstuffDPA

Drugs and Stuff: A Podcast about Drugs, Harm Reduction, Mass Incarceration, The Drug War and other Stuff, from the Drug Polic Drug Policy Alliance

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The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We focus on legalizing marijuana; criminal justice reform and ending draconian prison sentences for drugs; harm reduction policies that prevent overdoses and save lives; and we educate the public about drugs while dispelling popular myths and misinformation. Our host, Tommy McDonald, has been on DPA’s media team for 12 years and worked in journalism and radio before coming to DPA, and he’ll be mostly joined by Derek Rosenfeld, who has run DPA’s social media since 2010. Follow on Twitter @drugsnstuffDPA

    Episode 28: Joe Rubin Taught Safety First in His Health Classes: Here’s What He Thought

    Episode 28: Joe Rubin Taught Safety First in His Health Classes: Here’s What He Thought

    Joe Rubin is a public school teacher in San Francisco, and health is his favorite subject. In his 36 years of experience, he’s never taught anything quite like DPA’s Safety First drug education curriculum. DPA’s Safety First Program Manager Sasha Simon sat down with Joe to dig into what makes the curriculum special, why it appeals so deeply to teachers and students, and why the harm reduction approach is so critical. 

    • 42 min
    Episode 27: Safety First: Drug Education 101 with Sasha Simon

    Episode 27: Safety First: Drug Education 101 with Sasha Simon

    The Drug Policy Alliance has spent years developing a completely new take on drug education: a curriculum based in harm reduction and science, not a fear-based abstinence-only approach. It’s called Safety First, and it’s now freely available for the first time ever. We sat down with DPA’s Safety First Program Manager Sasha Simon to get the brief rundown on what Safety First is, and why it’s a really big deal. 

    • 7 min
    Episode 26: Local Advocates Stephanie Regagnon & Chad Sabora Welcome the Reform Conference to St. Louis

    Episode 26: Local Advocates Stephanie Regagnon & Chad Sabora Welcome the Reform Conference to St. Louis

    DPA’s biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference takes place in St. Louis, Missouri this November 6-9. Our own Ifetayo Harvey sat down with Stephanie Regagnon, founder of Ava’s Grace Scholarship Program, and Chad Sabora, co-founder and executive director of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, to talk about the impact of their work, the context of drug policy reform in the St. Louis community, and the importance of the Reform Conference being there. To learn more about Reform, visit reformconference.org.

    • 9 min
    Episode 25: Ben Westhoff's Journey into Fentanyl Production and Harm Reduction

    Episode 25: Ben Westhoff's Journey into Fentanyl Production and Harm Reduction

    Over the last few years, we’ve seen huge increases in opioid overdose deaths, and many of them can be traced to powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Drugs & Stuff is back with journalist Ben Westhoff, whose new book Fentanyl, Inc. chronicles his incredible four-year investigation into the world of novel psychoactive substances (NPS). Ben sat down with DPA’s Stefanie Jones to talk about his journey from first hearing about NPS at festivals, tracing the production line into China, and learning about the harm reduction practices working to stem the tide of fatal opioid overdoses. To learn more about Ben’s work, join his mailing list.

    • 35 min
    Episode 24: Sheila Vakharia Connects the Dots between Harm Reduction and Social Work

    Episode 24: Sheila Vakharia Connects the Dots between Harm Reduction and Social Work

    In the latest episode of Drugs & Stuff, we are joined by DPA’s Sheila Vakharia, Ph.D., a researcher in the office of Academic Engagement. Sheila joined Gabriella Miyares to talk about Sheila’s professional journey to becoming a leading voice in harm reduction and social work.
    Sheila helps DPA staff and others understand a range of drug policy issues while also responding to new studies with critiques and analysis. She plans conferences and convenings on cutting edge issues in the area of drugs, drug research, and harm reduction. Additionally, she is responsible for cultivating relationships with researchers from a wide range of disciplines aligned with DPA’s policy interests and working to mobilize academics in service of DPA policy campaigns.

    • 38 min
    Episode 23: Gretchen Bergman – a mother’s story of healing and surviving her sons’ struggles with addiction

    Episode 23: Gretchen Bergman – a mother’s story of healing and surviving her sons’ struggles with addiction

    Gretchen Bergman, executive director of A New Path, joined Drugs and Stuff recently to share why her work around addiction and treatment is intimately personal. She shares her personal story and shows the power of a mother’s love.
    Bergman served as state chair for California’s Proposition 36, which mandated treatment instead of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders.  A native of San Diego, she is owner/director of Gretchen Productions, a Fashion Show Production Company started in 1979.
    Her articles on treatment vs. incarceration have been published nationwide, and she has spoken before countless audiences on the topic of therapeutic justice for substance abusers.  She has two grown sons who have struggled with addictive illness.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

drwoodall ,

Educator, in service to people in recovery, and personally impacted

An excellent podcast. Years of experiencing, in my various capacities, substance use issues - have led me to understand just how problematic our societal approach to dealing with these problems has been. This is a forward thinking podcast. It’s much appreciated and necessary.

Wheff15 ,

Excellent topics, poor audio quality.

The show is great and serves an important purpose for the American people, but you guys have to figure out a way to ensure the show doesn’t sound like it’s being recorded in a bathroom.

Higher quality will ensure the message has a cleaner, professional image, while also increasing listening enjoyment.

buttsteaksandwich ,

Good show

I give my stamp of approval. I’m a harm reduction Ex opiate addict. I was a little confused at one part where it seemed like you were saying that heroin is more dangerous than prescription opioids. I think that’s provable and incorrect. But keep up the good stuff.

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