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 78: Drug Use in a Post-Roe World with Dinah Ortiz
A future where abortion drugs like mifepristone and misoprostol are trafficked just like fentanyl or methamphetamine or where birth control is sold on the street corner like crack cocaine is really not that distant of a reality, if it’s not already happening. The drug war is deeply intertwined with reproductive rights. That’s not always obvious...
Episode 76: How To Change Your Mind About ALL Drugs with Veronica Wright
Certain celebrity authors want to help you accept that certain drug use is OK—and there’s nothing wrong with psychedelic exceptionalism, but it overlooks the biggest destructive forces of the drug war. Yet, legalizing drugs like meth, heroin and cocaine remains a hard sell for even the most progressive of drug policy reformers. So how do...
Episode 75: Copaganda — The Favorite Tool of Drug Warriors with Alec Karakatsanis
No matter what the problem is, whether it’s fentanyl overdoses or mass shootings, the solution to all of our problems is always more money and bigger budgets for police, prosecutors and prisons. Funny how that works, right? If crime goes up we need police, if crime goes down it’s because of the police, so we...
Episode 74: Cannabis And Capitalism — Preventing Another Big Tobacco with Shaleen Title
For good reason, about 150 million people use cannabis, according to the World Health Organization. That’s around 3 percent of the global population or the entire population of Russia. In most places, smoking the flowers or extracts of this plant can come with some steep legal consequences: long prison sentences, heavy fines, loss of civil...
Episode 73: Oh No! Not Naltrexone! with Nancy Curran
Naltrexone, also known by its brand name, Vivitrol, is an opioid antagonist that kicks opioids off of opioid receptor in the brain, not unlike naloxone. But thanks to a combination of overprescription, unscrupulous marketing practices and ubiquitous use over more effective alternatives, naltrexone is a very controversial drug. In fact, a common reaction is Oh...
Episode 72: When The Trip Doesn’t End with Ed Prideaux
Psychedelics and other drugs can trigger a condition called Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder, a terrible name for a real condition that we don’t have much data on and is poorly understood. But while it’s clear that psychedelics shouldn’t be illegal, it’s also clear we’re still learning about some of the risks. This fascinating and often...
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.
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.
It’s great to hear people discussing the topic of drugs in an adult and responsible fashion. It gives me hope.