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The History of Drugs In Society
4 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
25. Intelligent Speech Conference / An Announcement
I'm speaking as part of a Vice in the Victorian Age panel at the Intelligent Speech Conference this year. You can learn more and get tickets here: https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/. It takes place on Sat April 21st. I hope to see you there! Also, I'm putting things on hold prior to then. Feel free to reach out and connect @drugshistory on Twitter or DrugsHistory@gmail.com. Be well!
53 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
24. A Cannabis Policy Case Study with Jared Moffat
This week’s episode featured an interview with Jared Moffat, who is a state campaigns coordinator for the Marijuana Policy Project. We talked about some of the previous and current efforts he’s been involved with. We then dove into South Dakota, both in terms of work done getting the ballot in place and in terms of what happens now. We also talked about where cannabis policy is headed and what the fight for further change will look like. Important to note, this episode was recorded before a judge in South Dakota ruled Constitutional Amendment A unconditional for violating the single subject rule. If you want to support the South Dakota efforts, go to sd2020.org. To learn more about MPP, go to mpp.org. To get in touch with me, feel free to reach out on Twitter @DrugsHistory or via gmail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be well!
61 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
23. Harm Reduction and Cannabis Policy with Scott B. Cecil
Hello and welcome to the History of Drugs in Society with me, Eugene Leventhal. This week, I got to speak with the honorable Scott B. Cecil, who is a city council member in Mount Rainier in Maryland. In addition to that, Scott also runs two podcasts of his own - one called Prohibited which explores prohibition in various contexts, and the other is called the Outlaw Report, which is about cannabis policy and news in the DC area Below are links to both of Scott’s podcasts and you can follow him on Twitter. https://prohibitedpodcast.com/ https://www.outlawreport.com/ Feel free to reach out to me over email (DrugsHistory@gmail.com) or via Twitter (@DrugsHistory). Be well!
51 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
22. Cannabis Policy Activism with Robert Hofmann
This week I speak to Rob Hofmann, who is the Movement Building Fellow for the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Regions with the Students for Sensible Drug Policy or SSDP. SSDP is “the largest global youth-led network dedicated to ending the War on Drugs.” (source) This is the first of the episodes on the topic of cannabis legalization. With Rob, we’re going to talk about cannabis policy more broadly and what constitutes well-thought out legislation in his eyes. The conversation with Rob starts with how he got involved in drug policy activism in the first place. We then talk about the ballot measures from election day in November 2020 and the MORE Act that passed through the House of Representatives on Friday, December 4th. Rob and I then talked about some general cannabis policy priorities going into 2021 and 2022. We also touch on the topic of coops and the role that they can play. If you’re interested in getting involved in SSDP, you can reach out to Rob on Robert@ssdp.org. I also added links to SSDP in the show notes. You can learn more about SSDP on their site (https://ssdp.org/about/) or by following them on Twitter (@ssdpglobal). Feel free to reach out to me over email (DrugsHistory@gmail.com) or via Twitter (@DrugsHistory). Be well!
41 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
21. Harm Reduction with Julia Hilbert
This week, I interview Julia Hilbert, who is the chair of the board of directors at Students of Sensible Drug Policy, the president of DanceSafe Pittsburgh, and works part-time doing direct service amongst other things at Prevention Point Pittsburgh. We talk about her journey getting into harm reduction and drug policy activism, how you can get involved if you’re interested, what harm reduction is, what role stigma plays, and what changes she hopes to see during her career You can learn more at: SSDP.org DanceSafe.org Pppgh.org Feel free to reach out over email (DrugsHistory@gmail.com) or Twitter (@DrugsHistory). Be well!
14 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
20. End of Year Update, Happy Holidays!
Giving a short(ish) update as the year wraps up. I talk about some plans for next year: narrative is on hold until I can release on a weekly basis interviews coming up related to opioid harm reduction in Pennsylvania and cannabis legalization in the US random interviews might still show up I'm really grateful for all of the people who have tuned in since I launched earlier this year! Feel free to reach out if you have any content ideas or just want to chat about any of the topics we touched on in the first season. You can reach me on email@example.com and @DrugsHistory on Twitter. Be well!
40 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
19. Intoxicants and Memory with Lilian Kloft
This week’s interview with Lilian Kloft, who is a PhD candidate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands working in Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology. As you’ll hear in this interview, she does a lot of work on the question of how different intoxicating substances affect our memory. We talked about how cannabis, alcohol, and MDMA all affect memory in different ways.
3 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
18. Update - Oct 7 2020
Sorry I've been MIA, still dealing with some health issues. I'll get back to working on season 1 and some interviews (probably focused on cannabis legalization efforts in Pennsylvania) when I'm up to it. Stay tuned. I do really appreciate every person who checks out the podcast. If you're ever inclined to connect, feel free to do so over email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@drugshistory). I'd love to hear from ya. Be well!
54 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
17. The 'ndrangheta, Shipping, & Cocaine with Anna Sergi
This week I got to speak to Professor Anna Sergi, who is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex. We got to cover a few main areas of her research, including Italian organized crime overall, the ‘ndrangheta (both in Italy and internationally), as well as the role of shipping in global cocaine markets, an area in which the ‘ndrangheta is personally involved. If you’ve heard the ‘about the podcast’ episode, you might remember that Italian organized crime groups in the NY, particularly the Sicilian La Cosa Nostra, was what initially piqued my own interests in the world of organized crime and drugs. So it was particularly interesting for me to get to talk to Anna about the state of Italian mafias today and just how prominent the ‘ndrangheta has become in the last few decades. Some links: Anna's professional profile Anna's twitter Her e-book, The Port Crime Interface Not her's, but here's the article on EncroChat and the one linking Wirecard and the 'ndrangheta I reference in the intro
59 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
16. The State, Drug Markets, & Violence with Angelica Duran-Martinez
This week, I speak to Professor Angelica Duran-Martinez, who teaches Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. We explore a few of the ideas and case studies in her book, The Politics of Drug Violence. The book explores the interaction of political structures, security structures, and drug markets and what the results on violence are, specifically in terms of the visibility and frequency of violence. More on Angelica - https://faculty.uml.edu/Angelica_DuranMartinez/CV.html Link to her book - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37485693-the-politics-of-drug-violence Also, please expect some delays with the subsequent episodes. Still not feeling my best but hoping to get at least one more interview out this month. Be well!
35 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
15. Opiate Addiction, East & West - Opium as a Drug, 1800s (Season 1.4)
In the fourth episode of the season, I'm going over addiction in the East and the West. The episode starts by talking about addiction briefly before laying out some basic history of addiction and intoxication. From there, I cover issues with opium smoking in China before shifting to how addiction differed in the West at the time. I also talk about morphism, the Civil War, and where usage stood heading into the 1900s. In the next episode, I'll cover some medical history relating to morphine and heroin and then will cover Prohibition. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on email@example.com or on Twitter, @DrugsHistory.
4 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
14. Announcement July 21 2020 - Sorry for the delay
Sorry I've gone radio silent the last two weeks. Thanks to some lovely Lyme disease, I've been really out of it and needed to take it easy for a bit. I'm hoping to release the next season episode in a week or two. I also want to create more of a focus for the interviews. If you have ideas, feel free to reach out - DrugsHistory@gmail.com or @DrugsHistory on Twitter. Be well!
43 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
13. The History of Drug Prohibition in Mexico with Nidia Olivera
This week’s ep features Nidia Olivera, who is a professor at the National School of Anthropology teaching history and drug history specifically. She is also a current PhD candidate at the Mora Institute, where she is looking at the ancient and modern history of psychoactive substances and drug policies in Mexico. We talked about the history of drug prohibition in Mexico from the time the Spanish arrived through the 1950’s. We covered a wide swath of history and we couldn’t cover everything, so I’m including some additional resources below. Feel free to reach out on @DrugsHistory or on email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Nidia’s suggested resources: https://chacruna.net/why-continue-calling-cannabis/ https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/1940-the-year-mexico-legalised-drugs/ https://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/c.php?g=560513&p=3904772 Some others: If you like Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast, check out season 9. A Narco History is a short book that gives a good high level political history. Dawn Paley’s Drug War Capitalism provides an interesting theory in terms of the economic role of deciding specific drug policies.
3 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
12. Intelligent Speech Conference Tomorrow! Late Announcement
Late announcement, but it looks like I'll be joining the list of speakers at Intelligent Speech Conference which is taking place virtually on Saturday, June 27th. Tickets are only $15 and you'll get to see a bunch of great, different podcasters. The topic for this year is Hidden Voices and there are a lot of panels that I'm excited to catch. I think I'll be on 12:15p. There's a trailer for Intelligent Speech that starts around 1:24. See you there! Schedule: https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/program/ Tickets: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/intelligentspeech/register
44 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
11. Synthetic Opioid Policy with Jirka Taylor
For this week's bonus episode of the History of Drugs in Society, I spoke to Jirka Taylor about synthetic opioid policy. Jirka is currently a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. A social scientist by training, his research portfolio mainly focuses on drug policy and criminal justice more broadly and he explores where those systems intersect with healthcare and social services. We talk about policy responses to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@DrugsHistory) or over email (email@example.com) You can read more of Jirka’s research here: https://www.rand.org/pubs/authors/t/taylor_jirka.html
43 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
10. Impacts of COVID on EU Drugs Markets with Andrew Cunningham
For this week's bonus episode of the History of Drugs in Society, I spoke to Andrew Cunningham who heads the drug markets, crime and supply reduction section of the EMCDDA, which stands for European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and is the main drug-focused agency across the EU. This interview is focused on a recent report titled “EU Drug Markets Impact of COVID-19“ that was co-authored by Andrew, his colleagues at the EMCDDA, and colleagues at Europol. Report: https://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/joint-publications/eu-drug-markets-impact-of-covid-19_en
33 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
9. Britain, China, & the Opium Trade - Opium as a Commodity Pt. 2, 1600s-1800s (Season 1.3)
This episode, the second of two exploring opium as a commodity, focuses on the British role in the opium trade in the 1700-1800s and an overview of the market as we head into the 1900s. I focus on the expansion of the British in India, the Opium Wars, the opium trade overall, and how this sets the stage for prohibition. Suggested podcasts: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00776k9 https://jorschneider.com/2018/11/02/when-trade-wars-turned-bloody-the-opium-war-with-stephen-platt/ https://soundcloud.com/teacupmedia/chp-006-the-opium-war Throughline Hong Kong episode More on Chinese perspective? Book: Imperial Twilight by Stephen Platt for context leading up to and through the first Opium War
2 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
8. Update June 9 2020
Just explaining why I didn't publish last week and what to expect in the coming weeks. I hope you're doing well
56 minutes | May 26, 2020
7. Fentanyl with Prof. Jon Caulkins
Hello and welcome to the History of Drugs in Society, where we explore the history of different substances and how we’ve lived alongside and interacted with them. I’m your host, Eugene Leventhal. If you’re interested in learning more about how fentanyl markets came about and how they look like today, you should enjoy this discussion. In this episode, I interview Jon Caulkins, who is a University Professor Of Operations Research And Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Our interview focuses on fentanyl in the United States, looking at both the history and current state of fentanyl market. We talk about the impact of COVID-19 on fentanyl markets, what evidence there has been of fentanyl being mixed with other drugs, and what a term like morphine equivalent dose means and why it’s important to know. We also touch on safe supply, regional and international trends in synthetic opioid usage, and where data on overdoses come from. Pulling from his bio on the Heinz College site, “Jon Caulkins has been on the Heinz College faculty since 1990, with leaves of absence to be co-director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center in Santa Monica (1994-1996), to found RAND’s Pittsburgh Office (1999-2001), and to teach at Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Doha, Qatar (2005-2011). Here is the link to the UN report mention https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/05/1063512 Other links: https://www.rand.org/ http://www.issdp.org/
23 minutes | May 12, 2020
6. Needle Exchange Service in Philadelphia with Clayton Ruley, Prevention Point Philadelphia
My guest this week is Clayton Ruley, who is the Director of Community Engagement and Volunteer Services for Prevention Point Philadelphia. We talk about harm reduction overall as well as how these services have been affected as a result of COVID-19. We also get into questions regarding community, policy, and what makes Clayton most hopeful in terms of harm reduction. In case you want to learn more: Prevention Point Philadelphia Site - https://ppponline.org/ Wishlist - https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/28VNBINQYAP4L/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist Twitter - https://twitter.com/preventionpp Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/preventionpointphiladelphia Step Up To The Plate Campaign - https://e.givesmart.com/events/hbE/?fbclid=IwAR3gjSA2yhnq60RLGesx9JHXtupztHZz1rm6ofS63IEm3MYzq4VNAhdA95g Timestamps What is prevention point and what do they do - 1:58 What’s your background - 2:56 What brought you to Phill - 3:52 Importance of community in terms of managing addiction - 4:15 Internal vs external community - 5:52 How has Covid affected needle exchange services - 6:38 How have the operations changed - 9:00 Is prevention point involved in the mail home narcan program - 10:13 How might harm reduction change moving forward - 10:52 Any concerns of increased usage during social isolation - 14:15 Policy changes you want to see change - 15:23 What makes you most hopefully in terms of harm reduction - 16:16 Anything that makes you least hopeful - 17:31 Any organizations to highlight - 19:32 How can people support prevention point - 20:36 Outro - 22:03
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