Radical Health

Bill Booth kindly invited me on to his podcast to discuss health and medicine. Bill is one of the founders of Radical Americas, an academic network for scholars and activists with interests in radicalism in the Western Hemisphere. Here I spoke with the #radical @WilliamABooth about health, medicine, science and death! Have a listen if … More Radical Health

ADHS 2019

The ADHS is excited to announce that its next bi-annual conference will be held between 12 and 15 June 2019, at the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, Shanghai University, China. The conference will be organised by Prof. Jim Mills, of the University of Strathclyde and Prof. Yong-an Zhang of Shanghai University, who […] … More ADHS 2019

Drug Tweets

A great day for historians of drugs and alcohol! Told in tweets. Our CSHHH annual lecture by Wendy Kline takes place today at Stenhouse Wing, Room 105 @UniStrathclyde at 5pm. All welcome. — CSHHHGlasgow (@CSHHH_Glasgow) October 10, 2017 We interview @DanMalleck about his #book When Good #Drugs Go Bad. @UBCPress #twitterstorians https://t.co/rvmWwZvqTN pic.twitter.com/OwtONLcorq — Points … More Drug Tweets

Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture

Mental health knowledge and practice was highly contested in the 1960s and 70s. Struggles over homosexuality and radicalism, drug use and replicable drug trials, were part of a unique countercultural moment. These were wild times. Transactional analysis, developed by Eric Berne and Claude Steiner, was also part of this fiercely energetic moment. In January 2017 … More Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture

Cancer controversies and traditional medicines

Today I write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post. The story of cancer patient Ric Richardson, a Métis man from Green Lake, challenges us to think about patient autonomy, medical traditions and Saskatchewan health care. Just as crucial, his story forces us to reconsider the use and acceptance of traditional Aboriginal knowledge — not … More Cancer controversies and traditional medicines

UK Drugs Strategy – July 2017 – Same old, same old?

This past week the UK Government released a Drugs Strategy. Here is some of the reaction to the document, which is available here. Media Roundup. * From The Independent:   The Government’s latest policy relaunch aimed at tackling illegal drugs amid soaring death rates has been heavily criticised by campaigners who say it fails to … More UK Drugs Strategy – July 2017 – Same old, same old?

Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement

It’s my pleasure to promote the publication of an important Policy Brief on Cannabis by Kathleen Thompson. Over the past few years she has helped drive conversations about the consumption and control of marijuana. Her recent Policy Brief ought to be read by anyone and everyone! Here’s an extract. LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS: THE POLICY CHALLENGES … More Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement