STRANGE TRIPS IN SASKATOON (MCNALLY ROBINSON) – REPORT

I recently launched Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs in my hometown of Saskatoon. And the event took place at my favourite independent bookstore, McNally Robinson. Approximately 30 people showed up. The Q&A was full and frank. I signed a bunch of books! Thanks to McGill-Queen’s University Press and McNally Robinson. SomeContinue reading “STRANGE TRIPS IN SASKATOON (MCNALLY ROBINSON) – REPORT”

Double Down

Every book has a back story. In the following series of posts, I share some thoughts about the inception, development, and completion of my new book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. PART II From Saskatoon to Glasgow The second phase of writing my second book, Strange Trips, began in September ofContinue reading “Double Down”

Top 5 Books that Inspired Me

Ken Kesey and Tom Wolfe. William James and Philip K. Dick. Welsh’s Trainspotting. Burroughs’s Junky. And DeQuincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater. These are some of the authors and books that often come to mind when you bring up intoxicants in popular fiction and non-fiction. In thinking about the writing of Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs,Continue reading “Top 5 Books that Inspired Me”

London Calling

Every book has a back story. In the following series of posts, I share some thoughts about the inception, development, and completion of my new book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. From London to Saskatoon The first phase of writing my second book, Strange Trips, began in 2010. It was aContinue reading “London Calling”

Could the Supreme Court’s Forfeiture Ruling Help End the Drug Wars?

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society Did the Supreme Court unanimously de-escalate the drug wars last month? The optimist in me says “yes,” and the historian in me agrees. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Court ruled that the state could not seize and forfeit the plaintiff’s Land Rover as a resultContinue reading “Could the Supreme Court’s Forfeiture Ruling Help End the Drug Wars?”

Dr. Strange and Strange Trips

Lucas Richert on the relationship between superhero Dr. Strange and his newly released book called Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. ** In 2016, the film Doctor Strange was released to moderate acclaim but much fanfare. It was considered Marvel’s trippiest film to date. Critics praised the hypnotic visuals (for being nextContinue reading “Dr. Strange and Strange Trips”

American Institute for the History of Pharmacy

Join the AIHP today! The American Institute for the History of Pharmacy was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1941. And the mission of the Institute is to ‘advance knowledge and understanding of the history of pharmacy and medicines.’ You can visit the AIHP website here: https://aihp.org/ In January, I took on the roleContinue reading “American Institute for the History of Pharmacy”

Radical Temperance: Conference General Report

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Dr. Annemarie McAllister, Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Central Lancashire, and Pam Lock, a doctoral candidate and the GW4 Developing People Officer at the University of Bristol. They organized a conference on alcohol called Radical Temperance:Continue reading “Radical Temperance: Conference General Report”

Gender and Critical Drug Studies: The Gendered Origins of Privatized Prison Drug Treatment

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Dr. Jill McCorkel, associate professor of sociology ad criminology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. In it, she explores the origins of how drug treatment and rehabilitation programs entered private prisons for women. Her full article appears in a special co-produced editionContinue reading “Gender and Critical Drug Studies: The Gendered Origins of Privatized Prison Drug Treatment”