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Drugs, drugs, drugs. Almost everyone uses them. Almost everyone has an opinion about them. Drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann gets to the bottom of our strange relationship to drugs by talking with those who love them, hate them, and study them.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 53 Ratings

Drugs, drugs, drugs. Almost everyone uses them. Almost everyone has an opinion about them. Drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann gets to the bottom of our strange relationship to drugs by talking with those who love them, hate them, and study them.
We’d love to hear your stories and ideas. Send us a note at psychoactive@protozoa.com or leave a voicemail at 1-833-PSYCHO-0 (1-833-779-2460).

    Ephemeral - Drugs

    Ephemeral - Drugs

    As a holiday bonus episode, here's an interview I did with the podcast Ephemeral. To listen to more Ephemeral go to https://www.ephemeral.show or subscribe to the Ephemeral podcast.
    Let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is psychoactive@protozoa.com. Or tweet at me, @ethannadelmann.
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    • 49 min
    Kate Nicholson on the Health & Human Rights of People in Pain

    Kate Nicholson on the Health & Human Rights of People in Pain

    Fifty million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most of us know what happened when pharmaceutical opioids were over-marketed and overprescribed in the United States but few people appreciate how far the pendulum has now swung in the opposite direction, with many doctors now refusing to prescribe opioids even to patients who have clearly benefited from them. 
    Kate Nicholson served as a civil rights attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice for 18 years, during which time she developed intractable pain that left her unable to sit or stand and barely able to walk for nearly two decades. She recently started an organization, the National Pain Advocacy Center (NPAC), to advance the health and human rights of people in pain. This is an issue I’m passionate about, which is why I recently joined NPAC’s advisory board.
    I'll talk to Kate today about her own experience with this topic, the various ways states and doctors have restricted the prescribing of opioids, and what makes this a particularly American problem.
    Listen to this episode and let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is psychoactive@protozoa.com. Or tweet at me, @ethannadelmann.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    David Mansfield on the Taliban, Afghanistan & Drugs

    David Mansfield on the Taliban, Afghanistan & Drugs

    Afghanistan has produced most of the world's opium and heroin since the 1990s. With the Taliban's recent return to power, I was eager to talk with the world's leading expert on this subject, David Mansfield. 
    I wanted to know why Afghanistan has occupied this role for so long, and how the Taliban’s involvement in illicit production and trade has changed over the years. Why is it we never hear about the sorts of narco-lords who became infamous in Mexico, Colombia and Burma? Could a different US anti-drug policy have prevented the Taliban takeover? How do Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia deal with Afghanistan on this issue?
    David addressed these questions and many more, including what we can expect from the Taliban now that they're back in power.
    Listen to this episode and let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is psychoactive@protozoa.com. Or tweet at me, @ethannadelmann.
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    • 55 min
    Patt Denning on Doing Harm Reduction Therapy

    Patt Denning on Doing Harm Reduction Therapy

    Few people can explain harm reduction therapy better than Patt Denning. She’s a clinical psychologist who has played a pioneering role in developing the field, teaching and training thousands of health professionals. I talked with Patt about her own evolution in embracing harm reduction and how she teaches those who had been committed to 12-step and abstinence-only approaches. I asked her how she deals with people who have lost control of their drug use – and why a therapeutic session sometimes works better if the client has taken drugs just before the session.
    Listen to this episode and let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is psychoactive@protozoa.com. Or tweet at me, @ethannadelmann.
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    • 46 min
    Carl Hart on Studying Drugs, Using Drugs & Staying Safe

    Carl Hart on Studying Drugs, Using Drugs & Staying Safe

    Carl Hart is one of the bravest academics I know.  His specialty is neuropsychopharmacology. He's the Ziff Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. He's published hundreds of scientific articles on psychoactive drugs, including many which challenge conventional thinking. And he wrote a book earlier this year in which he discussed his experience using heroin while serving as chairman of the Psychology Department. We talked about that, of course, but I also wanted his perspective on all sorts of other drugs, including MDMA, psychedelics and the growing variety of synthetic substances.
    Listen to this episode and let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is psychoactive@protozoa.com. Or tweet at me, @ethannadelmann.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Elias Dakwar on Treating Addiction with Ketamine

    Elias Dakwar on Treating Addiction with Ketamine

    Professor Elias Dakwar at Columbia University has conducted research studies – supported by federal funding -- into the use of ketamine combined with mindfulness meditation to help people struggling with addiction and depression. I wanted to understand everything about this: Why is he among the very few researchers to receive funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for this sort of work? How does ketamine compare to psilocybin and other psychedelics? What is the experience of subjects in his studies? How does his approach to administering ketamine compare to others? What’s the added benefit of including mindfulness mediation? And what does he think about the future of psychedelic studies and his role in this burgeoning field?
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

male feminist ,

Amazing, comprehensive podcast on drugs

I LOVE this podcast. Whether you’re coming in agreeing with the views on drugs or not, or you’re somewhere in between, Ethan does a great job of explaining both the proper take on drug use/drug policy and the reasons behind why it is the proper approach in a logical, comprehensive way. I highly recommend this not only to people that are fascinated with drugs, but also to people on all sides of the spectrum.

justcurious99 ,

Come for the drugs but stay for the great conversation

Incredibly thoughtful and well-rounded show on diverse topics all connected to drugs. Whether the conversation is political or personal or scientific, Ethan does a great job at keeping it engaging and challenging our assumptions. Highly recommend.

Frank K jr ,

Informal/interesting

I’ve had a chance to listen to him before, now I get to hear more in dept information on which i find extremely valuable and uplifting at most.

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