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The drug war, covered by drug users as war correspondents. Crackdown is a monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their li

Latest Episodes

Episode 16: Goodbye Dave

EWe were working on an episode about the housing crisis during the pandemic. But a couple weeks ago, Crackdown lost another member of our editorial board: Dave Murray. We can’t all get together to mourn him right now, to remember him and tell stories. Like we did with Chereece last year. I know we’ll get to it eventually, when the quarantine lifts, but until then, we’ll do it here. Dave Murray was a veteran drug user activist. He was a mentor to the next generation of organizers like me. He’s pretty much the reason why there is a prescription heroin program in Vancouver today. And he was our friend. Dave was an intellectual - wIth taped up glasses and newspaper tucked under his arm. But he was also bold as hell. He helped us launch this podcast. In fact, Dave was there before we even had a name. He was a soft-spoken guy, and he made sure Crackdown got off on the right foot. Safe journey home, Dave. Take care, buddy. Crackdown is produced on the territories of the Musqueam, Squami...

32 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 16: Goodbye Dave

Episode 15: Apocalypse Prescribing

The government has finally agreed to provide us with a safe, medical alternative to black market drugs. On Episode 15, we dig deep into the new policy and tell the story of advocacy that made this possible. WORKS CITED BC Centre for Disease Control: Harm reduction information for people who use substances in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. BC Centre for Disease Control: Weekly overdose data, March 22-March 28, 2020 Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs. Safe Supply Concept Document. February 2019 CBC News: B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic. March 26, 2020 Coronavirus Is Leading to Shortages of Fentanyl And Meth. Deborah Bonello. Vice.com. March 19, 2020 COVID-19: Open letter from DTES frontline workers to Horgan, Dix, Henry, Daly, Stewart, and Darcy—we need more, now. By Concerned registered nurses and frontline workers of the DTES. Georgia Straight, March 31, 2020. Fleming, T., Barker, A., Ivsins, A. et al. Stimulant safe supp...

53 MINAPR 5
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Episode 15: Apocalypse Prescribing

Episode 14: Emergency Measures

Governments are taking drastic measures to try to slow down the spread of #COVID-19 - declaring emergencies, shutting down businesses and sealing borders. But what about drug users? We have been facing a deadly public health emergency for years, with no drastic measures taken. Will they forget us again this time? Since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in British Columbia, around 150 people have died from a contaminated drug supply. Four people have died from COVID-19. Now we face both crises at once. Many drug users in our community are middle aged. And the life can really put years on you. Many of us have COPD or are immunocompromised. The pandemic could cut through us like a scythe.

52 MINMAR 20
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Episode 14: Emergency Measures

Episode 13: Someone Else's Problem

https://www.patreon.com/posts/34599640 Crackdown is produced on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.Our Editorial Board is:Samona MarshShelda KastorGreg FessJeff LoudenDean WilsonDave MurrayAl FowlerLaura ShaverAnd Chereece Keewatin. It’s been just over a year since we lost you. RiP Chereece. Crackdown’s senior producer is Sam Fenn. Our producers are Lisa Hale and Alexander Kim. This month we had production help from Alex de Boer and Polly Leger. Our science advisor is Ryan McNeil. Assistant Professor & Director of Harm Reduction Research in the Yale School of Medicine.Garth Mullins is Crackdown’s host, writer and executive producer. You can follow him on twitter @garthmullins.Original score written and performed by Sam Fenn, James Ash and Garth Mullins. Our theme song was written by Garth and Sam with accompaniment from Dave Gens and Ben Appenheimer.We make this podcast with funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sci...

48 MINMAR 7
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Episode 13: Someone Else's Problem

Episode 12: Love in a State of Emergency

You can't understand Canada's overdose crisis without knowing the truth about this country - and that’s the story of colonization: a centuries-long effort to steal land and erase Indigenous peoples. In April 2019, Garth and Thunder Bay podcast creator Ryan McMahon were chatting on the phone. Ryan said that some Indigenous communities are reticent about harm reduction and that Crackdown should look at that. We've been talking about making this episode since our first editorial board meeting in 2018, when Chereece Keewatin, Shelda Kastor and Jeff Louden talked about how the overdose crisis affects them as Indigenous people. Since then Chereece died - and we blame racist drug war policies for that. Shelda guided the work on this episode, mapping the connections between abstinence programs, the Red Road and Indigenous approaches harm reduction. A full transcript of this episode will be available in a few days.

46 MINJAN 31
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Episode 12: Love in a State of Emergency

Episode 11: The Year That Nothing Happened

https://www.patreon.com/posts/32665947 Dean Wilson—a Crackdown editorial board member and elder statesman of Vancouver's drug user movement—thinks 2019 might be his most disappointing year as an activist. “We’ve accomplished absolutely fucking nothing, I’m incredibly depressed about it,” he recently told Garth Mullins. “2019, will be known to me as the year that nothing happened.” Dean’s right. We haven’t had a big win in a while. And 2019 feels a bit like a depressing blur. But it was also a year where we fought back. In the last Crackdown episode of the year, we tell four stories about surviving the drug war. Each story is one small moment--something that might otherwise be forgotten. Maybe these stories can tell us something about where we are now—and what we need to do in 2020.

53 MIN2019 DEC 30
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Episode 11: The Year That Nothing Happened

Episode 10: Passing the Marker

Episode 10: Passing the Marker https://www.patreon.com/posts/31903838 In 2018, Scotland had a higher rate of drug-related deaths than Canada or the U.S. -- even though fentanyl hasn’t taken over the U.K.’s drug supply. In Episode 10, CRACKDOWN crosses the Atlantic to try and figure out what's going on.

48 MIN2019 NOV 28
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Episode 10: Passing the Marker

Episode 9: Change Intolerance Part 2

Crackdown investigates the relationship between the BC government and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Many people on methadone complain that Methadose "doesn't have legs." Why hasn't the government provided them with a more effective option? https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-9-change-31208832 https://crackdownpod.com/

37 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Episode 9: Change Intolerance Part 2

(Rebroadcast) Episode 2: Change Intolerance

We don’t have a full documentary this month - for a pretty good reason. Our senior producer and his partner had a baby a bit over a week ago. Congratulations Sam and Patricia. It's so nice to have a little new life - especially when things have been bleak. Sam and I have been working on something you’ll hear next month. A follow up to episode 2 - “Change Intolerance.” In that episode, we explained how everyone on methadone got switched onto a big pharma formulation in 2014. That left loads of us dope sick and topping up from a contaminated drug supply. Overdoses and deaths followed and I’m pretty sure we’ve lost thousands this way. Sam & I followed up Laura Shaver’s big question from that episode - Why? Why did the government make this decision? Why didn’t they listen to us when we said it was a mistake? Crackdown requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Much of what we got back was redacted - censored. But the documents that we CAN see - they tell a story. ...

51 MIN2019 SEP 25
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(Rebroadcast) Episode 2: Change Intolerance

Episode 8: The cost of cereal

Men are dying at a higher rate than women during the opioid crisis, which means women sometimes get left out of the conversation. On Episode 8, we go to SisterSpace, North America’s first women-only safe consumption site. A full transcript for this episode will be available in a few days. August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Events are taking place around the world. Check outOverdoseday.com. If you want to learn how to use Naloxone to reverse an overdose, you can get training here:naloxonetraining.com CALL TO ACTION If you want to see more funding to extend hours of overdose prevention sites like SisterSpace, write to The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the B.C. Ministry of Health.CREDITS Garth Mullins isCrackdown‘s host and executive producer. Crackdown is produced by Alexander Kim, Polly Leger, Lisa Hale, Sam Fenn, and Gordon Katic. Thank you to SisterSpace for having us. Crackdown’s Editorial Board is: Samona Marsh, Shelda Kastor, Greg Fess, Jeff...

37 MIN2019 AUG 29
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Episode 8: The cost of cereal

Latest Episodes

Episode 16: Goodbye Dave

EWe were working on an episode about the housing crisis during the pandemic. But a couple weeks ago, Crackdown lost another member of our editorial board: Dave Murray. We can’t all get together to mourn him right now, to remember him and tell stories. Like we did with Chereece last year. I know we’ll get to it eventually, when the quarantine lifts, but until then, we’ll do it here. Dave Murray was a veteran drug user activist. He was a mentor to the next generation of organizers like me. He’s pretty much the reason why there is a prescription heroin program in Vancouver today. And he was our friend. Dave was an intellectual - wIth taped up glasses and newspaper tucked under his arm. But he was also bold as hell. He helped us launch this podcast. In fact, Dave was there before we even had a name. He was a soft-spoken guy, and he made sure Crackdown got off on the right foot. Safe journey home, Dave. Take care, buddy. Crackdown is produced on the territories of the Musqueam, Squami...

32 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 16: Goodbye Dave

Episode 15: Apocalypse Prescribing

The government has finally agreed to provide us with a safe, medical alternative to black market drugs. On Episode 15, we dig deep into the new policy and tell the story of advocacy that made this possible. WORKS CITED BC Centre for Disease Control: Harm reduction information for people who use substances in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. BC Centre for Disease Control: Weekly overdose data, March 22-March 28, 2020 Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs. Safe Supply Concept Document. February 2019 CBC News: B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic. March 26, 2020 Coronavirus Is Leading to Shortages of Fentanyl And Meth. Deborah Bonello. Vice.com. March 19, 2020 COVID-19: Open letter from DTES frontline workers to Horgan, Dix, Henry, Daly, Stewart, and Darcy—we need more, now. By Concerned registered nurses and frontline workers of the DTES. Georgia Straight, March 31, 2020. Fleming, T., Barker, A., Ivsins, A. et al. Stimulant safe supp...

53 MINAPR 5
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Episode 15: Apocalypse Prescribing

Episode 14: Emergency Measures

Governments are taking drastic measures to try to slow down the spread of #COVID-19 - declaring emergencies, shutting down businesses and sealing borders. But what about drug users? We have been facing a deadly public health emergency for years, with no drastic measures taken. Will they forget us again this time? Since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in British Columbia, around 150 people have died from a contaminated drug supply. Four people have died from COVID-19. Now we face both crises at once. Many drug users in our community are middle aged. And the life can really put years on you. Many of us have COPD or are immunocompromised. The pandemic could cut through us like a scythe.

52 MINMAR 20
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Episode 14: Emergency Measures

Episode 13: Someone Else's Problem

https://www.patreon.com/posts/34599640 Crackdown is produced on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.Our Editorial Board is:Samona MarshShelda KastorGreg FessJeff LoudenDean WilsonDave MurrayAl FowlerLaura ShaverAnd Chereece Keewatin. It’s been just over a year since we lost you. RiP Chereece. Crackdown’s senior producer is Sam Fenn. Our producers are Lisa Hale and Alexander Kim. This month we had production help from Alex de Boer and Polly Leger. Our science advisor is Ryan McNeil. Assistant Professor & Director of Harm Reduction Research in the Yale School of Medicine.Garth Mullins is Crackdown’s host, writer and executive producer. You can follow him on twitter @garthmullins.Original score written and performed by Sam Fenn, James Ash and Garth Mullins. Our theme song was written by Garth and Sam with accompaniment from Dave Gens and Ben Appenheimer.We make this podcast with funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sci...

48 MINMAR 7
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Episode 13: Someone Else's Problem

Episode 12: Love in a State of Emergency

You can't understand Canada's overdose crisis without knowing the truth about this country - and that’s the story of colonization: a centuries-long effort to steal land and erase Indigenous peoples. In April 2019, Garth and Thunder Bay podcast creator Ryan McMahon were chatting on the phone. Ryan said that some Indigenous communities are reticent about harm reduction and that Crackdown should look at that. We've been talking about making this episode since our first editorial board meeting in 2018, when Chereece Keewatin, Shelda Kastor and Jeff Louden talked about how the overdose crisis affects them as Indigenous people. Since then Chereece died - and we blame racist drug war policies for that. Shelda guided the work on this episode, mapping the connections between abstinence programs, the Red Road and Indigenous approaches harm reduction. A full transcript of this episode will be available in a few days.

46 MINJAN 31
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Episode 12: Love in a State of Emergency

Episode 11: The Year That Nothing Happened

https://www.patreon.com/posts/32665947 Dean Wilson—a Crackdown editorial board member and elder statesman of Vancouver's drug user movement—thinks 2019 might be his most disappointing year as an activist. “We’ve accomplished absolutely fucking nothing, I’m incredibly depressed about it,” he recently told Garth Mullins. “2019, will be known to me as the year that nothing happened.” Dean’s right. We haven’t had a big win in a while. And 2019 feels a bit like a depressing blur. But it was also a year where we fought back. In the last Crackdown episode of the year, we tell four stories about surviving the drug war. Each story is one small moment--something that might otherwise be forgotten. Maybe these stories can tell us something about where we are now—and what we need to do in 2020.

53 MIN2019 DEC 30
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Episode 11: The Year That Nothing Happened

Episode 10: Passing the Marker

Episode 10: Passing the Marker https://www.patreon.com/posts/31903838 In 2018, Scotland had a higher rate of drug-related deaths than Canada or the U.S. -- even though fentanyl hasn’t taken over the U.K.’s drug supply. In Episode 10, CRACKDOWN crosses the Atlantic to try and figure out what's going on.

48 MIN2019 NOV 28
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Episode 10: Passing the Marker

Episode 9: Change Intolerance Part 2

Crackdown investigates the relationship between the BC government and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Many people on methadone complain that Methadose "doesn't have legs." Why hasn't the government provided them with a more effective option? https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-9-change-31208832 https://crackdownpod.com/

37 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Episode 9: Change Intolerance Part 2

(Rebroadcast) Episode 2: Change Intolerance

We don’t have a full documentary this month - for a pretty good reason. Our senior producer and his partner had a baby a bit over a week ago. Congratulations Sam and Patricia. It's so nice to have a little new life - especially when things have been bleak. Sam and I have been working on something you’ll hear next month. A follow up to episode 2 - “Change Intolerance.” In that episode, we explained how everyone on methadone got switched onto a big pharma formulation in 2014. That left loads of us dope sick and topping up from a contaminated drug supply. Overdoses and deaths followed and I’m pretty sure we’ve lost thousands this way. Sam & I followed up Laura Shaver’s big question from that episode - Why? Why did the government make this decision? Why didn’t they listen to us when we said it was a mistake? Crackdown requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Much of what we got back was redacted - censored. But the documents that we CAN see - they tell a story. ...

51 MIN2019 SEP 25
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(Rebroadcast) Episode 2: Change Intolerance

Episode 8: The cost of cereal

Men are dying at a higher rate than women during the opioid crisis, which means women sometimes get left out of the conversation. On Episode 8, we go to SisterSpace, North America’s first women-only safe consumption site. A full transcript for this episode will be available in a few days. August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Events are taking place around the world. Check outOverdoseday.com. If you want to learn how to use Naloxone to reverse an overdose, you can get training here:naloxonetraining.com CALL TO ACTION If you want to see more funding to extend hours of overdose prevention sites like SisterSpace, write to The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the B.C. Ministry of Health.CREDITS Garth Mullins isCrackdown‘s host and executive producer. Crackdown is produced by Alexander Kim, Polly Leger, Lisa Hale, Sam Fenn, and Gordon Katic. Thank you to SisterSpace for having us. Crackdown’s Editorial Board is: Samona Marsh, Shelda Kastor, Greg Fess, Jeff...

37 MIN2019 AUG 29
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Episode 8: The cost of cereal
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