Discussions in the US about drugs these days are typically about either the marijuana industry or about opioids. We tend to have a very US-centric focus when it comes to drugs. Sure, other nations supply some drugs, but we rarely think about the impact of drug war on other nations, or drug use by other peoples.
When it comes to drugs themselves, in the US the conversation is dominated by marijuana, specifically the marijuana industry, I mean, really most of those are conversations about money. The conversation about drugs as drugs is dominated by opioids and the overdose crisis. Those conversations tend to be filled with misinformation, stigma, and badly reported news items.
So on this edition of Free Culture Radio, we’re going to talk about drugs other than heroin and fentanyl, drugs that are becoming more of a concern, more available, more widely used. We’re also going to look at drugs and the impact of drug war in other countries, not just the reform-minded European countries that have had success with harm reduction and decriminalization.