Ben Westhoff – Fentanyl, Inc

Infinite Loops | 16 November 2023 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Westhoff about his book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Discusses his investigation of the fentanyl drug crisis, the failure of the War on Drugs, the role played by Big Pharma, naltrexone –the antagonist that can prevent overdose deaths, how he speaks to his children about drugs, what most Americans misunderstand about poverty, and more.

See also the ChinaTalk interview.

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Michael Shellenberger: The Root Cause of America’s Homelessness Epidemic

American Thought Leaders | 29 October 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Shellenberger about his book San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities. Breaks down the root causes behind the sprawling homeless encampments found in cities like San Francisco. Argues that these problems have been exacerbated by progressive policies tolerating homelessness, drug dealing, and crime.

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Sam Quinones on Meth, Fentanyl, and the Least of Us

EconTalk | 11 October 2021 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Sam Quinones about his book The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth. Describes the devastation caused by methamphetamine and fentanyl, the latest evolution of innovation in the supply of mind-altering drugs in the United States. Argues that the latest versions of meth are more emotionally damaging than before and have played a central role in the expansion of the homeless in tent encampments in American cities. Explores the rising number of overdose deaths in the United States and what role community and other institutions might play in reducing the death toll.

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Carl Hart on the Role of Drug Use in the Pursuit of Happiness

Keen On | 14 January 2021 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl L. Hart about his book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Discusses the restrictions, benefits and dangers of recreational drug use. Argues that restrictions on personal drug use are ineffective, racist, ignore empirical evidence, perpetuate social inequality, and are at odds with the right to pursue happiness.

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David Herzberg on White Market Drugs

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 2 December 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Herzberg about his book White Market Drugs: Big Pharma and the Hidden History of Addiction in America. Details the three different “pharmaceutical” drug crises in America since the 1870s, the main drug(s) of choice in each era, big pharma’s role in fueling each, the successes and failures of various reform efforts, and more.

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The Lazarus Drug

Hidden Brain | 29 October 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But earlier this year, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behaviour — and causing more deaths than it saves. Explores with researchers, drug users and families the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there’s still so much to understand about addiction.

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