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69 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
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... The post Episode 73: Oh No! Not Naltrexone! with Nancy Curran appeared first on Narcotica.
78 minutes | May 28, 2022
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... The post Episode 72: When The Trip Doesn’t End with Ed Prideaux appeared first on Narcotica.
62 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Episode 71: Aduhelm, Obscene Drug Prices and Big Pharma Tactics with Dr. John Abramson
It’s easy to hate the massive pharmaceutical corporations that extract obscene profit from the healthcare system—and there are many, many reasons why you should distrust these companies, although the situation is far more complex than “Big Pharma = bad.” But how did we get here? How did medical care get so expensive, so complicated and... The post Episode 71: Aduhelm, Obscene Drug Prices and Big Pharma Tactics with Dr. John Abramson appeared first on Narcotica.
53 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Episode 70: How Testosterone Bans Criminalize the Body with Adryan Corcione
Imagine banning a chemical that we all make in our bodies. But that’s exactly where drug war logic takes us and why testosterone is Schedule III on the Controlled Substances Act, alongside ketamine and buprenorphine. Testosterone is painted as some dangerous substance that must be locked up. These outlandish fears led to restrictive laws which... The post Episode 70: How Testosterone Bans Criminalize the Body with Adryan Corcione appeared first on Narcotica.
54 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
Episode 69: The Promise and Peril of the Psychedelic Mainstream with Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin
Psychedelics are not exactly taking the same path that cannabis has taken to the mainstream, but there are some similarities. In the late ‘90s and early aughts, when medical cannabis was first starting to take hold in California, quasi-legal businesses popped up overnight, with a lot of questionable quality control and these shops were often... The post Episode 69: The Promise and Peril of the Psychedelic Mainstream with Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin appeared first on Narcotica.
70 minutes | Mar 3, 2022
Episode 68: Is The Drug War Getting Better… Or Worse? with Zach Siegel, Chris Moraff and Troy Farah
On this episode, Narcotica co-hosts Zachary Siegel, Chris Moraff and Troy Farah interview each other, riffing on one question: Is the drug war getting better… Or worse? They cover everything from nitazenes, Dopesick, the Drug User’s Liberation Front, banning psychedelics like DiPT, benzo dope, West Virginia, buprenorphine, psychedelic exceptionalism, drug testing, crack pipes, supervised consumption... The post Episode 68: Is The Drug War Getting Better… Or Worse? with Zach Siegel, Chris Moraff and Troy Farah appeared first on Narcotica.
58 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Episode 67: Methadone in the Time of Covid with Danielle Russell
Harm reduction programs like syringe access, supervised consumption or even just handing out condoms on the street, can be some of the only access to healthcare some people encounter. Definitely not all, but some people who use drugs routinely shun going to the doctor—not because they don’t care about their health, but because our for-profit... The post Episode 67: Methadone in the Time of Covid with Danielle Russell appeared first on Narcotica.
69 minutes | Jan 22, 2022
Episode 66: Overlooking Alcohol and The Nature of Addiction with Dr. Stanton Peele
Booze is one of the most ancient and most prolific drugs in society, yet for some reason, it’s always placed in some separate category. Drugs and alcohol. Even at Narcotica, we’ve done over 65 episodes about drugs and not one of them has focused solely on ethanol. We just haven’t gotten to it yet, we’ve... The post Episode 66: Overlooking Alcohol and The Nature of Addiction with Dr. Stanton Peele appeared first on Narcotica.
65 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 65: Restoring Trust in Doctors Amidst The Overdose Crisis with Dr. Ben Cocchiaro and Dr. Ashish Thakrar
Over the past two decades, as fatal drug overdoses have risen precipitously, few professions have been hit harder by the crisis than the medical community. Physicians in particular have found themselves in the no-win position of being both blamed for the overdose crisis, which claimed more than 100,000 American lives in the past 12 months,... The post Episode 65: Restoring Trust in Doctors Amidst The Overdose Crisis with Dr. Ben Cocchiaro and Dr. Ashish Thakrar appeared first on Narcotica.
80 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Episode 64: LSD And Psilocybin For Physical Pain? with Greg McKee and Dr. Johannes Ramaekers
These days, there isn’t an ailment some Silicon Valley-esque startup is trying to treat with psychedelics. Of course you have depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and fear of death for the terminally ill—there’s some good data for treating all of that—but some of the more obscure treatments include anorexia and eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, dementia, and... The post Episode 64: LSD And Psilocybin For Physical Pain? with Greg McKee and Dr. Johannes Ramaekers appeared first on Narcotica.
74 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Episode 63: Delta-8-THC And Other Obscure Cannabinoids with Jason Wilson
Nearly half the U.S. population now have access to adult-use cannabis. Marijuana is a medicine, if it’s cultivated or extracted right, and millions of people find relief or pleasure from this fantastic plant. But as legalization accelerates, regulations have struggled to keep up. Most experts and maybe many consumers would agree that cannabis is not well... The post Episode 63: Delta-8-THC And Other Obscure Cannabinoids with Jason Wilson appeared first on Narcotica.
85 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
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... The post Episode 62: Policing Pleasure — The Intersection of Sex Work and Drug Use with Tamika Spellman and Caty Simon appeared first on Narcotica.
66 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
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... The post Episode 61: Undoing Drugs—Harm Reduction’s Early History with Maia Szalavitz appeared first on Narcotica.
100 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
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... The post Episode 60: Perinatal Panic—Drugs, Pregnancy and Stigma with Ria Tsinas, Joelle Puccio and Erika Goyer appeared first on Narcotica.
69 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
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... The post Episode 59: Psychedelic Extinction—How Poaching Endangers Some Psychoactive Plants with Dr. Anya Ermakova appeared first on Narcotica.
56 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
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... The post Episode 58: How Racism Fuels The Drug War with Kassandra Frederique appeared first on Narcotica.
57 minutes | May 23, 2021
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... The post Episode 57: Autism, Acid and the Altered Brain with Aaron Orsini and Justine Lee appeared first on Narcotica.
56 minutes | May 1, 2021
Episode 56: Drug Use During Disaster with Aaron Ferguson
Our planet is in crisis, plagued by an increase in wildfires, floods, hurricanes, freak storms and outbreaks of disease. As a result, we’re seeing more and more people isolated, left to fend for themselves, as the cracks in public infrastructure only seem to widen. To use one prominent example, the state of Texas has been... The post Episode 56: Drug Use During Disaster with Aaron Ferguson appeared first on Narcotica.
45 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Episode 55: Street Sampling Synthetics, from Carfentanil to Xylazine with Alex Krotulski
Amid a wave of synthetic drugs in recent years, Kensington, Pennsylvania has emerged as the locus for a different kind of experimentation, through a new generation of freelance entrepreneurs. Their bathtub chemistry is often guided by trial and error—leaving doctors, public health officials and harm reductionists struggling to understand the latest side effects. Last year,... The post Episode 55: Street Sampling Synthetics, from Carfentanil to Xylazine with Alex Krotulski appeared first on Narcotica.
64 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 54: West Virginia, America’s Worst Overdose and HIV Hotspot with Lauren Peace
There’s a “twindemic” raging across the state of West Virginia: Covid-19 has collided with an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C. If that’s not bad enough, West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the nation. The CDC recently called the HIV outbreak in Kanawha County, West Virginia the “most concerning” in the country.... The post Episode 54: West Virginia, America’s Worst Overdose and HIV Hotspot with Lauren Peace appeared first on Narcotica.
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