Use the links below to download a file. S2 E11 The Spell of the Poppy Opioid drugs have claimed a shocking number of lives across North America in recent years, as people fall victim to overdose. While the intensity of crisis is new, our relationship with opiates — and opioids, as they're often referred to now — goes back millennia. This is an overdose crisis thousands of years in the making, and in this episode, Geoff Turner dives into that fascinating history to figure out how we got to this point.
A forgotten pharma game changer It's just one more week until the season two finale of On Drugs, but in the meantime, enjoy this favourite from last season. It's all about Miltown, a drug that is mostly forgotten today, but helped create modern psychopharmacology.
We'll meet people in prison because of crimes committed in the throes of addiction and learn about how prisoners cope with addiction in custody.
Bill Blair on implementing cannabis legalization A feature interview with Bill Blair, the former Toronto Police Chief now in charge of implementing the federal government's cannabis legalization law.
He reflects on the transition from drug law enforcement to legalization and regulation. Yet despite decades of research and practice, there's still no surefire way to get people clear of substance dependency.
In the absence of consistent standards and availability of care, people looking for help can get lost in the search for support. This episode explores the history and present of addiction rehab and recovery. This week, On Drugs digs into the history of this unique institution and what went on there.
Music, On Drugs We're hard at work putting together the next new episode, but in the meantime, here's a favourite from last season. It's deep look at the intersection of music, drugs and creativity.
Please give it a listen! Host Geoff Turner travelled to the Rocky Mountain State to see how legalization looks, four years on. Those tests begin with animals, but eventually scientists need to try out the drugs on people. In this episode, we explore the world of clinical drug trials, including host Geoff Turner's own experience as a human guinea pig. He told us about losing his son to opioid overdose. Here's a full length version of Geoff's conversation with Dan. And yet, Utah, the heart of Mormonism, has one of the highest overdose rates in the U-S.
In this episode of On Drugs, we hit the road to investigate why. And for more than a century, people have been fretting about what it does to our health and our moral condition. This episode dives into the history and significance of the most widely used psychoactive drug on earth.
Ayahuasca in the jungle We launched season two of On Drugs with an episode about how people are using psychedelics in search of spiritual enlightenment. One of the people we met was Tanya Kammonen. So here's a special extended version of my conversation with Tanya Kammonen. Ethnobotanist Wade Davis shares his insight into the seeming ubiquity of psychedelics in mystical experience in the Americas. Rick Strassman describes what happened when he went in search of the spirit molecule.
And Tanya Kammonen explains how ayahuasca prepared her scientific mind for religious experience. Season 2 launches February Here's a chance to meet the people who put it all together and to hear some highlights from the season ahead. How Do You Sleep at Night? The show explores the different moral codes we all live by. This episode explores how those expectations affect our relationships with drugs.
The Drug is called Miltown and it changed the world of psychiatric medicine forever. Addiction and Rat Park We explore the topic of drug addiction and how to think about it in this extended interview with Bruce Alexander [mp3 file: The city has struggled with opioid abuse nearly as long as it's existed.
This episode explores Vancouver's narcotic past and present through the voices of residents struggling [mp3 file: Combine the two and things get interesting.
In many cases, they've been used to prop up mythologies around race and justify discriminatory policies against already struggling communities. Music and Drugs We dig deeper into our conversation about the historical intersection between drugs and music with author Martin Torgoff. On Drugs gets past the cliches and explores the intersection of drugs and music from classical to hip hop. And yet for all the advances in medication, our relationship with pain is still fraught with moral and chemical challenges.