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”

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”

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 ifContinue reading “Radical Health”

New Editors at Social History of Alcohol and Drugs

The ADHS is pleased to announce that the editorship of its journal, *The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs*, will be taken over by Prof. Nancy D. Campbell (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Prof. David Herzberg (Buffalo) and Dr. Lucas Richert (Strathclyde). The society would also like to express its gratitude for the work that outgoing editor, […]Continue reading “New Editors at Social History of Alcohol and Drugs”

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 […]Continue reading “ADHS 2019”

Big Pharma Round-Up V (#Cannabis edition)

Any of this stock market record due to Big Pharma boost from Jeff Sessions new memo against people's right to legal cannabis? https://t.co/HQotfSGzAl — Martha Densmore (@Acubody) January 4, 2018 Big Pharma wanted to sell more opioids. Then this happened..#opioidcrisis #opioid @conradhackett pic.twitter.com/rpHxGDeytW Alternatives, such as cannabis *cannot* overdose and are *way less* addictive —Continue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up V (#Cannabis edition)”

Big Pharma Round-Up II

Here is a snapshot of the past week in Big Pharma news.  This is coming at you a little early because of the Christmas slowdown. Happy holidays. To kick off: The drug industry spent big! Threats to high drug prices prompted biggest lobbying/PR/advertising/influence-buying surge by trade group PhRMA in nearly a decade. We got theirContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up II”

Big Pharma Round-Up

A round up of the recent Big Pharma and FDA stories. Antibiotics in Farm Animals Drop: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/12/antibiotics-farm-animal/547904/ Teva Pharmaceuticals is being reshaped: Rebooting the FDA: https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/12/13/fda-approval-alternatives-000593 On AstraZeneca: https://www.digitallook.com/news/broker-recommendations/astrazenecas-drug-pipeline-call-reinforces-barclays-top-pick-in-sector–3031953.html   Top 5 Stories of 2017: https://investingnews.com/daily/life-science-investing/pharmaceutical-investing/5-top-pharmaceutical-stories-2017/ FDA clears the Apple watch: https://twitter.com/jshemenski/status/941678777842757632 The FDA is going to go after price gouging: FDA head takes aimContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up”

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

FROM THE CBC: It was probably one of the most bizarre medical cases a team of Italian doctors had ever seen. A 21-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with a condition that caused her to sweat blood from her face and from the palms of her hands. This despite any sign of skin lesions. The case was highlighted Monday in the CanadianContinue reading “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”

Disability and the Welfare State

Following party conferences, it seemed worthwhile to raise the issue of disability politics and the welfare state. The topic is tackled by Dr Jameel Hampton. As he describes it: “Created during and after the Second World War, the British Welfare State seemed to promise welfare for all, but, in its original form, excluded millions ofContinue reading “Disability and the Welfare State”