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Hey, it’s Julie. Thanks for listening (or considering listening to) my podcast.Something With Substance is a multidimensional  exploration of a subject that, in my opinion, needs to be talked about differently: substance use.The podcast will run approximately 30 minutes and I’ll have a new one up every two weeks.

Latest Episodes

Addiction Progress Report Discussion with Joanne Peterson from Learn To Cope

Hey, it’s Julie, talking with Joanne Peterson from Learn to Cope again. It’s been fifteen years since Learn to Cope was formed. Learn to Cope is a peer led, family support system that serves families whose loved one is struggling with addiction. My family is one of the many beneficiaries of Joanne Peterson’s weekly meetings (Quincy contingent). Learn to Cope has an event coming up October 17 to recognize those who’ve made things better along the way, to celebrate the friendships that have developed and to remember those who’ve lost their lives to addiction. I thought now would be a good time to find out how much progress has been made in the last fifteen years regarding addiction, addiction treatment, the stigma of being addicted and the role of big pharma in the current opioid epidemic. (Hint: Big pharma is guilty as hell: read here) What I learned from this conversation is compassion is still in short supply for those who are struggling with addiction and for the people who love them. We can do better. We must do better. And, IMHO, it’s going to take a substantial paradigm shift regarding how we understand a human being’s authority over their own body in all matters. So many of us, all over the planet, use substances for a myriad of reasons. The most socially acceptable in this society is alcohol. But you and I both know cannabis, cocaine, speed, hallucinogens, opiates, sedatives, tranquilizers etc etc etc are also used recreationally. It isn’t until the substance become ‘problematic’ that the person imbibing is culturally negatively labeled. Otherwise it’s party on dude, especially with alcohol. I’m not here to condone or condemn. What I would like is a more honest conversation about drug and alcohol use. For tickets to the event and more information on Learn to Cope, click here: https://www.learn2cope.org/

36 MINSEP 21
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Addiction Progress Report Discussion with Joanne Peterson from Learn To Cope

Learn to Cope / Attorney General Maura Healey / Purdue Pharma

Once again, Learn to Cope founder Joanne Peterson is my guest. I wanted to talk with her about the current status of Attorney General Maura Healey’s litigation against Oxycontin pushers Purdue Pharma that’s been in the papers recently. Enlightening to say the least. We find out Friday (February 1, 2019, tomorrow) if we get to see the information Purdue wants held from the public. Go get ‘em AG Healey. Also, here are a couple of articles that pretty much have me in a rage, and a link to the Attorney General’s office if you have a story to share that could help the case. And as always, if you or a family member is struggling with addiction please reach out to Learn to Cope. There are meetings and an anonymous message board with support and compassionate, helpful information. https://www.learn2cope.org/ https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/01/30/healey-suit-shows-recipe-for-addiction/vN7skjkLlSTESFvH7uLtJI/story.html?fbclid=IwAR33QOP7WFTGdb8png46BFp_VwKJVe16T2LNigs4u34TGzdrEn4wm7...

27 MINFEB 1
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Learn to Cope / Attorney General Maura Healey / Purdue Pharma

Is It Worth Legalizing Pot To Light Up Your State’s Economy?

The voters of the commonwealth have spoken and the majority of us would like the adult population to be able to use cannabis recreationally (again) without going to jail. After two years of handwringing and stalling by the state, and ‘not in my backyard’ community voting (“What about the children???”Yea? Whatabout the liquor stores?), two recreational ‘marijuana dispensaries’ have finally opened….waaaaay out in western Massachusetts. Long lines, terrible traffic, a few badly behaved cannabis customers relieving themselves on residents yards (please knock that off) and a couple million dollars spent on marijuana products in less than a week, illegal users have come out of the shadows. Yes. All of ‘those people’, of all ages and all backgrounds, have been using cannabis illegally for goodness knows how long and for just as many different reasons. In this segment of “Something With Substance” I have a matter of fact conversation with Daniel Ameduri. His name came ‘across my...

29 MIN2018 DEC 5
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Is It Worth Legalizing Pot To Light Up Your State’s Economy?

"The Opioid Crisis Isn't A Metaphor"

Have you ever read an article or an opinion piece and wished you could talk with the person who wrote it? Me too. After reading the piece below and some of the public responses to said piece, I decided to send an email to Buzzfeed reporter Dan Vergano and find out who he was and how he came to write what he wrote. Dan was funny, generous and also very knowledgeable about the current opioid epidemic. https://www.buzzfeed.com/danvergano/the-opioid-crisis-isnt-a-metaphor?utm_term=.rdJPVaJDl#.aeYklX91Z

27 MIN2018 MAY 19
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"The Opioid Crisis Isn't A Metaphor"

The Book Of Highs, 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs

I frequently get email inquiries from publishers wanting to know if I’d like to interview a person about their new book and so many times I’ve seen topics that have caught my attention and wished I could speak with the author. Well, now I have this platform. I was SO excited to be able to say “yes I’d love to talk with Edward Rosenfeld about The Book Of Highs, 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs!And after researching Mr. Rosenfeld, I was even more intrigued. He is, by far, one of the most interesting, intelligent, conscious men I’ve ever spoken with. I could feel his energy over the phone line. This book is just a small part of Edward Rosenfeld. Talking with him left me with more questions. I’m hoping for another opportunity to speak with him again one day. In the meantime, here’s something else he’s working on, currently under construction…and not a moment too soon. http://worldworking.net/

23 MIN2018 APR 20
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The Book Of Highs, 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs

Harm Reduction with Gary Langis

Hi! It’s Julie. This is Podcast #3. Longtime local harm reduction advocate Gary Langis (soft “g” in Langis) is my guest. He talks about what harm reduction is, how far we’ve come in protecting those who are marginalized in society and how far we have yet to go. (Hint: we still have a long way to go.) If you’d like more information on harm reduction, here’s a couple links to some helpful sites; one is national, one is local. http://harmreduction.org/ http://harmreduction.org/connect-locally/massachusetts/northeast-behavioral-health/

28 MIN2018 APR 3
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Harm Reduction with Gary Langis

Truth Pharm, Founder Alexis Pleus

Hi, Julie Devereaux here. For this podcast, I talk with Alexis Pleus (she says it’s “Ploose…like loose!”) . Alexis lost her son to an overdose and has subsequently formed an organization called Truth Pharm.

32 MIN2018 MAR 19
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Truth Pharm, Founder Alexis Pleus
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Latest Episodes

Addiction Progress Report Discussion with Joanne Peterson from Learn To Cope

Hey, it’s Julie, talking with Joanne Peterson from Learn to Cope again. It’s been fifteen years since Learn to Cope was formed. Learn to Cope is a peer led, family support system that serves families whose loved one is struggling with addiction. My family is one of the many beneficiaries of Joanne Peterson’s weekly meetings (Quincy contingent). Learn to Cope has an event coming up October 17 to recognize those who’ve made things better along the way, to celebrate the friendships that have developed and to remember those who’ve lost their lives to addiction. I thought now would be a good time to find out how much progress has been made in the last fifteen years regarding addiction, addiction treatment, the stigma of being addicted and the role of big pharma in the current opioid epidemic. (Hint: Big pharma is guilty as hell: read here) What I learned from this conversation is compassion is still in short supply for those who are struggling with addiction and for the people who love them. We can do better. We must do better. And, IMHO, it’s going to take a substantial paradigm shift regarding how we understand a human being’s authority over their own body in all matters. So many of us, all over the planet, use substances for a myriad of reasons. The most socially acceptable in this society is alcohol. But you and I both know cannabis, cocaine, speed, hallucinogens, opiates, sedatives, tranquilizers etc etc etc are also used recreationally. It isn’t until the substance become ‘problematic’ that the person imbibing is culturally negatively labeled. Otherwise it’s party on dude, especially with alcohol. I’m not here to condone or condemn. What I would like is a more honest conversation about drug and alcohol use. For tickets to the event and more information on Learn to Cope, click here: https://www.learn2cope.org/

36 MINSEP 21
Comments
Addiction Progress Report Discussion with Joanne Peterson from Learn To Cope

Learn to Cope / Attorney General Maura Healey / Purdue Pharma

Once again, Learn to Cope founder Joanne Peterson is my guest. I wanted to talk with her about the current status of Attorney General Maura Healey’s litigation against Oxycontin pushers Purdue Pharma that’s been in the papers recently. Enlightening to say the least. We find out Friday (February 1, 2019, tomorrow) if we get to see the information Purdue wants held from the public. Go get ‘em AG Healey. Also, here are a couple of articles that pretty much have me in a rage, and a link to the Attorney General’s office if you have a story to share that could help the case. And as always, if you or a family member is struggling with addiction please reach out to Learn to Cope. There are meetings and an anonymous message board with support and compassionate, helpful information. https://www.learn2cope.org/ https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/01/30/healey-suit-shows-recipe-for-addiction/vN7skjkLlSTESFvH7uLtJI/story.html?fbclid=IwAR33QOP7WFTGdb8png46BFp_VwKJVe16T2LNigs4u34TGzdrEn4wm7...

27 MINFEB 1
Comments
Learn to Cope / Attorney General Maura Healey / Purdue Pharma

Is It Worth Legalizing Pot To Light Up Your State’s Economy?

The voters of the commonwealth have spoken and the majority of us would like the adult population to be able to use cannabis recreationally (again) without going to jail. After two years of handwringing and stalling by the state, and ‘not in my backyard’ community voting (“What about the children???”Yea? Whatabout the liquor stores?), two recreational ‘marijuana dispensaries’ have finally opened….waaaaay out in western Massachusetts. Long lines, terrible traffic, a few badly behaved cannabis customers relieving themselves on residents yards (please knock that off) and a couple million dollars spent on marijuana products in less than a week, illegal users have come out of the shadows. Yes. All of ‘those people’, of all ages and all backgrounds, have been using cannabis illegally for goodness knows how long and for just as many different reasons. In this segment of “Something With Substance” I have a matter of fact conversation with Daniel Ameduri. His name came ‘across my...

29 MIN2018 DEC 5
Comments
Is It Worth Legalizing Pot To Light Up Your State’s Economy?

"The Opioid Crisis Isn't A Metaphor"

Have you ever read an article or an opinion piece and wished you could talk with the person who wrote it? Me too. After reading the piece below and some of the public responses to said piece, I decided to send an email to Buzzfeed reporter Dan Vergano and find out who he was and how he came to write what he wrote. Dan was funny, generous and also very knowledgeable about the current opioid epidemic. https://www.buzzfeed.com/danvergano/the-opioid-crisis-isnt-a-metaphor?utm_term=.rdJPVaJDl#.aeYklX91Z

27 MIN2018 MAY 19
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"The Opioid Crisis Isn't A Metaphor"

The Book Of Highs, 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs

I frequently get email inquiries from publishers wanting to know if I’d like to interview a person about their new book and so many times I’ve seen topics that have caught my attention and wished I could speak with the author. Well, now I have this platform. I was SO excited to be able to say “yes I’d love to talk with Edward Rosenfeld about The Book Of Highs, 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs!And after researching Mr. Rosenfeld, I was even more intrigued. He is, by far, one of the most interesting, intelligent, conscious men I’ve ever spoken with. I could feel his energy over the phone line. This book is just a small part of Edward Rosenfeld. Talking with him left me with more questions. I’m hoping for another opportunity to speak with him again one day. In the meantime, here’s something else he’s working on, currently under construction…and not a moment too soon. http://worldworking.net/

23 MIN2018 APR 20
Comments
The Book Of Highs, 255 Ways To Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs

Harm Reduction with Gary Langis

Hi! It’s Julie. This is Podcast #3. Longtime local harm reduction advocate Gary Langis (soft “g” in Langis) is my guest. He talks about what harm reduction is, how far we’ve come in protecting those who are marginalized in society and how far we have yet to go. (Hint: we still have a long way to go.) If you’d like more information on harm reduction, here’s a couple links to some helpful sites; one is national, one is local. http://harmreduction.org/ http://harmreduction.org/connect-locally/massachusetts/northeast-behavioral-health/

28 MIN2018 APR 3
Comments
Harm Reduction with Gary Langis

Truth Pharm, Founder Alexis Pleus

Hi, Julie Devereaux here. For this podcast, I talk with Alexis Pleus (she says it’s “Ploose…like loose!”) . Alexis lost her son to an overdose and has subsequently formed an organization called Truth Pharm.

32 MIN2018 MAR 19
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Truth Pharm, Founder Alexis Pleus
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