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 62: Policing Pleasure — The Intersection of Sex Work and Drug Use with Tamika Spellman and Caty Simon
Sex work is work, just like coal mining, professional sports and literally any job that involves physical labor. So why is a show about drugs interested in sex work? For starters, there’s a lot of overlap in terms of harm reduction services that help people who use drugs and sex workers. Unfortunately, these services can be...
Episode 61: Undoing Drugs—Harm Reduction’s Early History with Maia Szalavitz
We’re truly living through a disaster. Drug overdose deaths rose nearly 30 percent in 2020 to a record high 93,000. This is no longer an “opioid” crisis. What I mean is, 2020 overdose deaths linked to stimulants, especially methamphetamine, also broke records. The other key development here is the further entrenchment of illicit fentanyl in...
Episode 60: Perinatal Panic—Drugs, Pregnancy and Stigma with Ria Tsinas, Joelle Puccio and Erika Goyer
One area where drug stigma especially persists, even among harm reduction advocates, is the prejudice against mothers and pregnant people who use drugs. Even some people in syringe exchange or who work in drug policy are against the idea of people with the capacity for pregnancy, (i.e. anyone with a uterus), using pretty much any...
Episode 59: Psychedelic Extinction—How Poaching Endangers Some Psychoactive Plants with Dr. Anya Ermakova
Psychedelic drugs are well beyond the quote ‘renaissance’ stage and relatively recently entered a ‘gold rush’ as dozens of companies maneuver themselves to make this nascent industry as profitable as possible for themselves. At least that’s part of their motivation. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword for folks that want to see an end...
Episode 58: How Racism Fuels The Drug War with Kassandra Frederique
Few social justice groups have put in as much work to end the war on (people who use) drugs like the Drug Policy Alliance. Since 2000, DPA has been behind some landmark drug reforms, such as leading a campaign to enact major reforms of New York’s notorious Rockefeller drug laws, assisting in a public education...
Episode 57: Autism, Acid and the Altered Brain with Aaron Orsini and Justine Lee
For many people, psychedelic drugs like LSD or psilocybin are their first major introduction to a profoundly altered state of consciousness. Mental conditions like autism or ADHD are other forms of consciousness, although they don’t wear off after 12 hours and so-called ‘neurotypical’ people often have misconceptions about these mental arrangements. Many folks with autism...
Much Needed Discussion
This is a great podcast that really gives insight into drug policies and truly looking at how it impacts those who deal with substance use disorders. This will continue to be beneficial as talk more about these issues in order to provide more change and help for others!
Story Of Stigma
The Narcotica Podcast is exposing me to beliefs & opinions that I felt in my heart, but was told (and believed) were “just my addiction trying to have its way with me”!
I was a pharmacist for over 20 years. I have been a peer support specialist for a little over a month. I am from “small town” Appalachia & never dreamed someone would agree with my beliefs. I can’t believe this paradigm shift is happening within my lifetime!
The Narcotica Podcast has informed & inspired me! I will support them on their Patreon account (as much as I can) and I encourage you to do the same!
If you have time, I’ll be speaking a little bit about my experience with stigma at a Harm Reduction Works meeting on Monday (April 19th) night at 6pm EST. You can find the link on Voices Of Hope, Lexington, Kentucky’s Facebook page. If it’s not appropriate for me to mention this in the comments, I apologize & understand if you delete this comment.
This movement is still foreign & surprising to me! Thanks to everyone at Narcotica for making me feel much less alone!
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.