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This is Narcotica, a podcast about the war on drugs and the people caught in the middle, brought to you by dedicated science and drug policy journalists Christopher Moraff, Zachary Siegel, and Troy Farah.

Narcotica Podcast Christopher Moraff, Troy Farah, Zachary Seigel

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 124 Ratings

This is Narcotica, a podcast about the war on drugs and the people caught in the middle, brought to you by dedicated science and drug policy journalists Christopher Moraff, Zachary Siegel, and Troy Farah.

    Episode 85: “Narcoterrorism” is just another forever war lie with Oswaldo Zavala

    Episode 85: “Narcoterrorism” is just another forever war lie with Oswaldo Zavala

    If you only get your international drug policy history from Netflix, you might think that the drug traffickers in Mexico are a smart, coordinated system of violent sociopaths that control the government. They are cartels. Therefore they have leadership, and hierarchies and tangible targets that can be taken out just like in a Call of...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 84: How Drug Seizures Damage Public Health with Drs. Bradley Ray, Jennifer J. Carroll and Brandon del Pozo

    Episode 84: How Drug Seizures Damage Public Health with Drs. Bradley Ray, Jennifer J. Carroll and Brandon del Pozo

    Like some kind of perverse fishing expedition, we’re all familiar with the drug warriors’ favorite form of theater: the drug bust. Every police department seems to do this, posing their officers with huge (or even tiny, inconsequential) bags of drugs, stacks of cash and sometimes a cache of weapons, propping everything up as if it’s...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 83: The Parents Who Oppose The War on Drugs with Tamara Olt and Gretchen Bergman

    Episode 83: The Parents Who Oppose The War on Drugs with Tamara Olt and Gretchen Bergman

    The War on (People who Use) Drugs has claimed over a million victims in the last two decades, every fatal overdose representing deep policy failures that attempt in vain to control normal human behavior: self-medicating and inducing euphoria. None of this wonky policy bullshit matters much when you’re the parent of a child who dies...

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 82: Drug War Activism and the Future of Harm Reduction with Louise Vincent

    Episode 82: Drug War Activism and the Future of Harm Reduction with Louise Vincent

    The Drug War is more brutal than ever. Overdose deaths are still shattering records, there’s talk of war with the cartels, increased penalties are just making things worse, there’s little money for harm reduction programs or addiction treatment, yet plenty of cash for prisons, cops and the DEA, weird new drugs are appearing that no...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 81: Harm Reduction Against the Prison-Industrial Complex

    Episode 81: Harm Reduction Against the Prison-Industrial Complex

    Harm reduction is an imperfect philosophy that serves as the only wedge between prohibition and what we all really want, which is a healthy, productive society. If more police and prisons could make drugs safer, we’d have a lot less overdose deaths and problematic addiction. But that’s not what’s happening. Drugs are more available than...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 80: A Messy History of Methadone with Dr. Zoe Adams

    Episode 80: A Messy History of Methadone with Dr. Zoe Adams

    At Narcotica, we’ve often talked about how methadone is one of the most over-regulated substances on the planet. It’s not a perfect drug — nothing is — but it helps a lot of people. So why is it so hard to access? On this episode, the crew (Zachary Siegel, Chris Moraff and Troy Farah) speak...

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

ktbailara ,

Excellent information source

As a substance use researcher I look to this podcast to inform myself, catch up on current events, policy, and new research, and learn about efforts going on around the country and the world to study and address issues related to substance use (biggest issue being the war on drugs, ammirite!)

I’ve learned a lot from this podcast. I appreciate that the hosts are people with lived experience and talk in a straightforward manner about substance use topics and solutions - they are not wonky or boring at all and they discuss the issues beyond the sad stories we’ve seen so much in documentaries, movies, and series lately.

Thank you all for teaching me and for the good work you do.

Marilyn Monopoly ,

Tommy Chong

He is from my era. Grew up listening to his albums. Super cool guy who has great stories but clearly has many perspectives that reflect his age and being out of touch. Had to stop listening to not ruin my feelings about him. This podcast is generally good but sometimes dealing with several of the hosts vocal fry can get tiresome to the ears.

Aaron Hyman ,

Great community

It’s great to hear people discussing the topic of drugs in an adult and responsible fashion. It gives me hope.

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