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The internet is full of misinformation about recreational drugs - both legal and illegal. Dr Suzi Gage, a psychologist interested in understanding associations between substance use and mental health, tackles one substance per episode - providing information about what we know - the harms, but also potential benefits of these substances. There's no hype, no spin and no judgement, just information. In the first series, she is in conversation with rapper Scroobius Pip.
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The internet is full of misinformation about recreational drugs - both legal and illegal. Dr Suzi Gage, a psychologist interested in understanding associations between substance use and mental health, tackles one substance per episode - providing information about what we know - the harms, but also potential benefits of these substances. There's no hype, no spin and no judgement, just information. In the first series, she is in conversation with rapper Scroobius Pip.
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    Talking with your family about drugs - Live at Latitude 2021

    Talking with your family about drugs - Live at Latitude 2021

    A live episode! In front of a lovely crowd at the awesome Latitude Festival, back in July 2021. Suzi Gage headed to Suffolk and was joined by previous SWTD guest Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. Their discussion covered all aspects of how to talk with your family about drugs - what age should discussions happen? How do teens want these conversations to happen? How honest should parents be about their experience, or lack of it, with drugs?
    Fiona Spargo-Mabbs is the founder of the DSM Foundation, and has recently published a fantastic and powerful book called I Wish I'd Known, about her son Dan's death after taking MDMA, and all the things she wishes she - and Dan - had been aware of, in terms of evidence-based information about substances, why teenagers behave the ways that they do, along with advice about how to navigate conversations.
    https://www.dsmfoundation.org.uk/more-information-for-parents/i-wish-id-known-fionas-book/
    And here is the previous episode she appeared on:
    https://play.acast.com/s/saywhytodrugs/drugeducation-withthedsmfoundation

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    • 31 min
    Spiking - with Dr Lata Gautam

    Spiking - with Dr Lata Gautam

    There have been many reports about drink spiking in recent weeks and months. Suzi is joined by Dr Lata Gautam from Anglia Ruskin University to talk about what we mean by drink spiking, what substances are thought to be used, and what a person might experience if their drink is spiked. Lata also describes some of her work exploring what people understand about spiking, and what can be done to try and prevent it from occurring.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-58994755
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqLAAtWw3TQ
    https://theconversation.com/drink-spiking-why-so-little-is-still-known-about-this-horrifying-trend-170421

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    • 26 min
    Maternal Drinking

    Maternal Drinking

    Say Why to Drugs is back, as Suzi emerges bleary eyed from the first year of being a mum, what better time to talk about alcohol use and motherhood? Well, it's even better than that as it's Baby Week AND alcohol awareness week from 15th November. Suzi is joined by Abi Rose and Leila Goodman to talk about alcohol use in mums, the evidence and our own experiences. Why it might be appealing, what the risks are, why it's hard to do research in this area.
    As mentioned in the podcast, on 18th Abi is running an interactive workshop, and you can sign up for it here:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-women-drink-tickets-186057381637
    Here are some other links that might be useful too:
    https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk
    https://alcoholchange.org.uk
    https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

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    • 44 min
    Drugs and Sex - recorded live at Vault Festival

    Drugs and Sex - recorded live at Vault Festival

    A live episode recorded earlier in the year in London at Vault Festival, in association with Child.org. Suzi speaks to Alex Aldridge. Alex is a Phd student at Royal Holloway, researching sex, drugs and sexual ethics. The conversation touches on various aspects around drug use during or around sex, including chemsex, issues of consent, and in particular around how women use drugs with sex, an often overlooked area of research.
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    • 46 min
    Drug regulation - with Transform

    Drug regulation - with Transform

    In this episode Suzi talks to James Nicholls, the CEO of an organisation called Transform, who are a think-tank working in drug policy reform. The conversation covers what is meant by various different types of drug policy, from regulation to decriminalisation to legalisation, as well as discussing what evidence-based drug policy might look like, both in terms of cannabis and stimulants, both of which have been the subject of publications by Transform. This is a new topic for Say Why to Drugs to cover, so if you have thoughts or questions please get in touch!
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    • 47 min
    Alcohol in pregnancy

    Alcohol in pregnancy

    We're back (briefly)!! In the first episode of a new little run, Suzi speaks to epidemiologists Dr Kate Fleming and Dr Luisa Zuccolo about what we know about the evidence around the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. How do they compare to other things women are advised against doing, like smoking, or eating soft cheese? Why does alcohol seem to be so divisive an issue in pregnancy? We also talk about plans to keep better records about alcohol use in pregnancy, and how this got somewhat misreported in the media in recent weeks.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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75 Ratings

The Prescriptivist ,

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In the bio, judgment is spelled without a second "e"

punkrockmichelle ,

Instant fan

This is super important for people that are drug users , know drug users , are curious about drugs or even take prescribed medications ! Relatable & informative!

Cleopadeez ,

Truth about psychoactive substances

Just found your podcast. Absolutely refreshing to hear the facts-good and bad. Not many places left to listen or read anything like this.
Great job!

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