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 a … More London Calling

To publish, or not to publish, that is the question!

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 … More To publish, or not to publish, that is the question!

Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s

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. … More Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s

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

Dallas Buyers Club and Saskatoon Marijuana

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 … More Dallas Buyers Club and Saskatoon Marijuana

Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article

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 … More Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article

Is it Time to Treat Heroin Addiction…with Heroin?

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 … More Is it Time to Treat Heroin Addiction…with Heroin?