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Harm reduction and drug law reform activism, a counter voice to current drug narratives. Breathing reality into the myths, fabrications and distortions that exist around drugs. News, academia, and culture.

Enpsychedelia Nick Wallis, Ash Blackwell and regular co-hosts

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Harm reduction and drug law reform activism, a counter voice to current drug narratives. Breathing reality into the myths, fabrications and distortions that exist around drugs. News, academia, and culture.

    AOD Media Watch - Ben Cousins on Ch7 and from Vancouver to Melbourne part 2

    AOD Media Watch - Ben Cousins on Ch7 and from Vancouver to Melbourne part 2

    Nick mentions a couple of things you might be interested in:HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS (Netflix) is a documentary featuring comedic tripping stories from A-list actors, comedians, and musicians. Star-studded reenactments and trippy animations bring their surreal hallucinations to life. Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, HAVE A GOOD TRIP explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens. Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association live Facebook video, Vaping Facts and the Status of Vaping in Australia, Wednesday 13th May 2020Ronnie Grigg - Zero Block Society (pt2)Listen to part 1 hereRonnie is from Vancouver in Canada and joins the program to talk to us about the overdose crisis that has swept Canada over the past five years, and the longer history of advocacy for people sleeping rough, community-based harm reduction initiatives and his newly formed not-for-profit organisation, the Zero Block Society.AOD Media Watch: Are you a vulnerable celebrity? Why not try meth with The Seven NetworkAuthor:Katie Horneshaw, Op Ed columnist and features writerReviewers:Dr Stephen Bright, Senior Lecturer of Addiction at Edith Cowan UniversityDr Liam Engel, Adjunct Research Fellow at Edith Cowan UniversityFeatured image: Promotional image for 7News’ documentary, Ben Cousins: Coming Clean.Disclaimer: The author takes full responsibility for the content of this article.On the evening Sunday the 29th of March, Channel Seven aired a one hour program about former AFL player Ben Cousins called “Coming Clean”. In the opening sequence, the audience is greeted with footage of Ben from ten years ago, polished and media-trained. “I hope this documentary can send a powerful message about how addiction affects your life,” he warns, before the camera cuts dramatically to Ben in 2020. It’s a shock. He stares straight at the camera, media-friendly smile wiped away, visibly aged, a long beard and shaggy ponytail obscuring much of his face. He croakily finishes the spiel that former Ben began: “But I feel there are some real lessons to be learnt here. And I think some good can come from it, for everyone”If there was any hope that Seven might at least aim for objectivity in what was promoted as a “documentary”, it’s lost within these first few frames. Ben’s decades of struggles are whittled down to a spectacular opening sequence which frames the documentary’s central theme: Ben Cousins, the AFL star turned jobless, criminal, addict.“Brownlow to garbo, inside a jail”, Basil Zempilas contemplates at one stage, with pantomimed disbelief.Still, the piece could have functioned as a legitimate cautionary tale, had there been some attempt by Seven to contextualise Ben’s journey within a framework of punitive drug policy, stigma, the pressures of fame, and party culture; or to educate viewers on how one might reduce the harms that Ben has endured in their own lives. Instead, Ben Cousins is trotted out like a wind-up monkey and his sad story reduced to spectacle.READ MORE at AODMEDIAWATCH.COM.AU

    The peer and community response to drug issues, from Melbourne to Vancouver

    The peer and community response to drug issues, from Melbourne to Vancouver

    Take the Global Drug Survey COVID19 special edition and help make sense of what's the same, what's different and what's changing.          And take the Penington Institute's short survey on drug use patterns here.Goosebumpz - AutophagyInterview with Ronnie GriggZero Block SocietyRonnie is from Vancouver in Canada and joins the program to talk to us about the overdose crisis that has swept Canada over the past five years, and the longer history of advocacy for people sleeping rough, community-based harm reduction initiatives and his newly formed not-for-profit organisation, the Zero Block Society.    Yarra Drug & Health Forum Online - What works and why – Evalutating peer worker programs We hear from two of the five speakers at this month's Yarra Drug & Health Forum. Watch the full forum on YouTube.Danny Jeffcote - ​​​Program Facilitator AOD West cohealthDavid de Been - Peer Overdose Response Worker – Harm Reduction Team Barwon HealthDone By Law - Policing & protests during COVID-19A short segment from 3CR's Done By Law (Tuesday, 6-6:30pm) is played, talking about the challenges to our civil liberties during the pandemic and subsequent government response.Background music used throughout the show from M&Ms

    Covidpolicing.org.au Part 2, Kitty and Future of Festivals and Know Your Stuff NZ

    Covidpolicing.org.au Part 2, Kitty and Future of Festivals and Know Your Stuff NZ

    Ash touches on some news, including this apparent plan to re-purpose the Passive Alert Detection dog (Sniffer dog) program, Expert reveals how Aussie sniffer dogs could fight coronavirusAngus green - Vital Techniques & MC Pean - Bun up the Ting [Angus Green Remix] Covid Policing Part 2Listen to part 1 hereKitty ForestNick chats with Kitty about the future of festivals and the last party on Earth.Pandemic Party – Tribal Gathering Panama Locked Down With 100s of Doofers StrandedReports are coming in from Panama that hundreds of doofers, artists and crew have been placed in a forced lockdown by the army on the Tribal Gathering site due to fears the number of international travellers at the festival may infect the local population with COVID-19.Organisers of the event, Geoparadise, posted on their Facebook pageTip of the Iceberg- How COVID 19 is Impacting the Underground and How You Can HelpUnless you’ve been hiding in your fully prepped bunker in the middle of the desert with no wifi to wait out the apocalypse, you’d be well aware that COVID 19 has decimated the entire music industry, taking the underground electronic scene with it.Half Wild put out the call a few weeks ago to musicians and businesses in the industry to let us know how they’ve been impacted and how our readers can help. We were so overwhelmed with responses, it brought us to tears at Half Wild HQ. So many cries for help that we can’t possibly publish them all. So instead, we’ll bring you a series of articles and features to help promote those in need it as well as a special something we’re holding up our sleeves to announce real soon.Know Your Stuff NZAsh chats with Rhiannon from Know Your Stuff NZ about sensible advice for people who take drugs during a pandemic.

    Covidpolicing.org.au and Drug Markets

    Covidpolicing.org.au and Drug Markets

    In this episode, we talk about inconsistent and confusing policing in Victoria of the COVID-19 restrictions, and the pandemic's effects on drug markets and the flow-on effect to those who access these markets.Mista Savona - Live at Glastonbury 2019 Interview with Jarryd BartleMaestro of Vice - Researcher and consultantThe Conversation - Drug use may increase the risk of coronavirus. Here’s how to reduce the harmsPeople who use illicit drugs, whether they are dependent or use them occasionally, are potentially at increased risk of harm during the coronavirus pandemic.The coronavirus is too new to know the exact interaction with illicit drugs. There has been no peer reviewed research yet, and we don’t know how many people who have contracted the virus also use drugs.However, we can estimate some of the possible impacts from what we know generally about drugs, their effects on the body, and how people use them, including in times of increased stress.Regardless of your views on illicit drugs, reducing the harms from drug use during the pandemic will improve the well-being of people who use them, and those close to them. Reducing harms will also help avoid additional pressure on the health system.Interview with Michelle and Jen from Covidpolicing.org.auVolunteers lawyers from Melbourne Activist Legal SupportCOVIDPOLICING WEEKLY ROUNDUP #2Now in its second week of operation, the Covid Policing website has had and additional 32 reports concerning police interactions. Victoria had by far the highest number of reports at 25 (15 for inner and greater Melbourne and 10 for regional Victoria), New South Wales (4), Queensland (1) and Western Australia (2). A majority of people reported that they had a negative experience of their interactions with police, describing their interactions as: aggressive, interrogatory, intimidating, harassing, rude, very rude, unpleasant, nasty, forceful, not friendly, frightening.Read more...Stream Local Musicwith QuarantunesBacking music from Tongberang'i Ngarrga Inc

    Covid-19 and the Future of Festivals with Bo Kitty

    Covid-19 and the Future of Festivals with Bo Kitty

    Nick and Ash discuss recent news during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are seeking any information you might have about drug markets or trends. Get in touch with us via secure email enpsychedelia@protonmail.comAngus Green - Quarantine Beat #2 [Like That]Interview with Bo KittyBo has worked in a variety of roles over several decades at festivals in Melbourne and around Australia, doing Event Operations manager and a Public Safety Officer, also creator of events, tours, master classes, site logistics, project systems, global art exhibitions, nightclub events, live graffiti shows, and outdoor festivals worldwide.We discuss the quick changes that COVID-19 has made to the lives of many who work in a variety of creative, logistics and festival-nomad businesses. Interview with Gabi from 3CR's Midnight Mass 

    Harm Reduction as Covid-19 Settles in

    Harm Reduction as Covid-19 Settles in

    Our first show back after a Covid-19 hiccup / cough. We've been experimenting with ways to keep in contact during isolation. Like many, we have started using Zoom to conduct interviews and have been producing both live and pre-recorded video for our social media channels.During the Facebook Live chat, we caught up with:Dr. Stephen BrightSenior Lecturer in AOD at Edith Cowan University and head of AOD Media WatchSione CrawfordHarm Reduction Victoria - Executive OfficerSteph TzanetisDanceWize Program Coordinator - Harm Reduction Victoria You can watch the technical disaster of a live show here, but I recommend just listening to the podcast.The HRVic website has a special section on COVID-19 for people who use drugs. The following posters are downloadable as high quality files at the HRVic website.

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