America continues to try and address the massive overdose epidemic occurring nationally by waging war against her own citizens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempts to provide helpful guidelines through labeling and education, and it’s a thrilling time to be a drug treatment provider with maintenance therapies, replacement therapies, and conventional abstinence therapies all being available. Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and drug treatment provider Glen Marshall explore the real cause of prescription drug overdose and how prohibition and adulteration continue to be fatal. I’m looking at you Fentanyl. Finally, we conclude with this gem from the Nixon administration and his favorite drug marijuana.
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities, We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” — Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman
Cannabis Substitution: Marijuana Maintenance as Addiction Treatment
The Drug Classroom
Posted in Addiction, Benzodiazepine, Cannabis, Drugs, Heroin, Opiates, Overdose, Policy, Treatment
A common classification often used with medicinal and recreational drugs is “synthetic” versus “natural.” Despite the apparent face validity of “natural” drugs being less harmful, they are no less dangerous, and in some cases are more so, than their synthetic cousins. The individual using the substance, their set, setting, neurochemistry, along with the drug’s intrinsic properties must always be the prevailing determinants when evaluating a substance for ingestion. The Addictive Podcast deconstructs this common societal myth about what’s “best” to put in one’s body when it comes to drug type and origin.
Posted in Alcohol, Cannabis, Drugs, Hallucinogenics, Opiates, Policy, Salvia, Synthetic Cannabinoids
Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and addiction therapist Glen Marshall explore synthetic cannabinoids which were made popular in the media by their commercial name Spice, K2, along with many others. This class of substance appears to have a moderate potential for abuse as well as a high potential for undesirable and dangerous effects due to the widely varying mixture used to create the final products. Synthetic cannabinoids have resulted in a number of deaths and hospitalizations as a result of the extremely potent and unpredictable compounds used to make them as well as the varying and unregulated degree of each concentration. These drugs are inexpensive, targeted and vulnerable populations, and are difficult to detect making them another unintended consequence of prohibition based policies where more moderate compounds like cannabis are replaced with more potent and dangerous ones in the name of profit.
Synthetic cannabinoids appear to have a terrible safety profile and while an objective position is warranted in evaluating all drugs, there seems to be very little to warrant choosing these potentially deadly compounds over more benign substances like natural cannabis where casual or recreational use is concerned. The term “synthetic marijuana” and even its association with natural marijuana is a complete misnomer and should not be used as it promotes the belief that the two substances have similar effects and safety profiles which for more naive users may have deadly consequences. Glen also talks about the first step in quitting drugs and addiction as well as Students for Sensible Drug Policy and his recent moves in advocacy towards improving drug education in secondary schools.
Posted in Addiction, Cannabis, Overdose, Synthetic Cannabinoids
The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference was a biennial event that brought together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. This conference was the largest gathering of reformers ever and included over 1,500 attendees representing 72 different countries.
Therapist Glen Marshall and drug education advocate Seth Fitzgerald both attended and take you through their experiences at the conference as well providing takeaway and contact information you can use to make changes in your own communities.
Drug Policy Alliance
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (Northwestern University Chapter)
Families for Sensible Drug Policy
The Center for Optimal Living
HAMS – Harm Reduction for Alcohol
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Senator Mazie Hirono
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Posted in Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Police, Policy, Psychedelics
- “Krokodil” eats your flesh.
- There is a prescription opiate epidemic.
- Synthetic cannabinoids are like cannabis.
- Marijuana is not addictive and has no physical withdrawal.
- Heroin is physically harmful and the withdrawal is deadly.
- “Molly” is safe pure MDMA.
- “Bath Salts” cause cannibalism and can make you a zombie.
- Alcohol and Nicotine are safe because they are legal.
- Crack babies and Heroin babies are a national crisis.
- Meth makes you psychotic and rots your teeth out.
All of these popular drug myths have been pitched and pressed by the media, drug policymakers, users, or reformers alike. The fog of the drug war is thick and all sides push their agendas with a variety of propaganda. Drug education advocate Seth Fitzgerald along with addiction therapist and host Glen Marshall dispel each one and provide the facts behind the headlines so you can make better choices for yourself and your community.
The Addictive Podcast was created to save lives by providing scientifically based information in this pursuit. A special focus and rant is paid to the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) who I believe failed their membership, misrepresented addiction, ignored best practices, and passively stood by while national policy dictated patient care that led to the deaths of 40,000+ Americans in 2014.
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Posted in Addiction, Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Heroin, Overdose, Treatment
You think you know about marijuana and cannabis well you don’t know this! I believe it’s the most important scientific discovery concerning the treatment of cannabis use and abuse this year. Please get back to me if you reproduce the results or want to discuss my findings.
This podcast is for all treatment providers and heavy users of cannabis who wish to have more control over their own lives, comfortably and safely.
AUDIO FIX OTW…
Posted in Cannabis, Recovery, Withdrawl
In this episode we explore drugs in the military through the eyes of “John”, an Army combat veteran of three wars. Now discharged, John shares his story from growing up in West Virginia as an athlete and ambitious young man to joining the service and the effect that decision has had throughout his life. You’ll learn what drugs worked for John and which ones were harmful from high school to life as a soldier and as a man.
This podcast is both compelling, comedic, and an absolute must listen for any soldier in the military, any new recruits or those considering joining, and especially the Veterans Administration and treatment providers who want to learn more about being a human being in the context of military alcohol and drug culture.
Posted in Cannabis, PTSD, Recovery, Trama