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”

Fracture: The Paper Anniversary

Last summer, almost to the day, I fractured and dislocated my knee. Let’s just say it wasn’t pleasant. I was playing (soccer/football) and the tackle was “reckless and ridiculous.” Here’s my post from a year ago. So, on the anniversary of the tackle and an injury that sent my life in new directions, here areContinue reading “Fracture: The Paper Anniversary”

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)”

Sara Pascoe on #Resolutions

👇🏼https://t.co/rW3oPeYO8d — Sara Pascoe (@sarapascoe) January 3, 2018 Sara Pascoe on resolutions https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/02/we-should-all-pick-achievable-resolutions-get-through-three-days-of-dry-january-and-youre-a-hero-to-me For me it was a slang phrase that ruined it. A man was talking, and I was listening politely because he was a friend of a friend. “Friend of a friend” is an excellent expression, it passively clarifies: “I know them …Continue reading “Sara Pascoe on #Resolutions”

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”

Scream

Arthur Janov, the pioneer of Primal Scream therapy, recently passed away. Here are some thoughts about the context in which developed his therapy… ** Fifty years ago, in 1967, the California-based Arthur Janov was operating in a strange mental health environment. That year Scottish therapist R.D. Laing published The Politics of Experience, which questioned orthodoxContinue reading “Scream”

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”

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 2017Continue reading “Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture”