No, not Hamlet. This is the question Joseph Stromberg asked himself while writing for Slate. In a fabulous piece on Lambert Academic Publishing, he decided (as a laugh) to publish his Master’s dissertation. He wasn’t moving on in academia. He didn’t care. Rather, this was a good way to write an article about taking “a trip […]Read more "To publish, or not to publish, that is the question!"
Which drugs should be available for people nearing the end-of-life and suffering pain? What are the limits of appropriate opioid use in modern medicine and within society? The story of heroin in palliative care during the 1980s remains largely untold, and it’s one thoroughly infused with politics, social values and cultural norms of the time. […]Read more "Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s"
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 […]Read more "Cancer controversies and traditional medicines"
I just penned a short piece on Dallas Buyers Club and the current debates about medical marijuana in Saskatoon, SK for the Star Phoenix. With the federal election fast approaching, the Harper government’s move to enlarge Canada’s marijuana industry, and the RCMP’s potential actions against dispensaries here in Saskatoon, a lot is happening! The […]Read more "Dallas Buyers Club and Saskatoon Marijuana"
Happy Halloween, everybody! The best part of the day is not the cute kids in their adorable costumes. Or the wild parties. Or seeing Michael Jackson’s Thriller over and over and over again. No. The best part has to be the treats. As I was casually munching chocolate bars with my coffee this morning (Wunderbar […]Read more "Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article"
This article was posted on Alternet.org and ActiveHistory.ca http://activehistory.ca/2014/12/heroin-as-treatment-the-calculations-of-a-new-junk-equation/ Heroin as treatment? The calculations of a new ‘junk’ equation By Lucas Richert “I have learned the junk equation,” wrote William Burroughs in his semi-autobiographical 1953 book, Junkie. “Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increase enjoyment of life. Junk is not a […]Read more "Is it Time to Treat Heroin Addiction…with Heroin?"