Drugs & Stuff

Welcome to Drugs & Stuff – DPA's podcast about drugs, harm reduction, mass criminalization, the drug war, and other stuff.

We bring in a wide variety of experts – from scientists to activists, writers to teachers – to hear about how drugs and drug policy play a role in their work and lives.

We also offer a peek behind the scenes as we feature DPA staff talking about the work they do.

Follow us on Twitter @drugsnstuffDPA


09/02/20
DPA Podcast Episode 39: After Her Son Overdosed and Died, Jessie Dunleavy Realized it Was Preventable

Jessie Dunleavy always knew her son Paul was unique. He struggled throughout his life – to learn, to be accepted – and she tried however she could to help him along the way. But as he got older, and began to… Read More

08/19/20
DPA Podcast Episode 38: Keri Blakinger Reports on the Criminal Justice System That Once Held Her

Keri Blakinger has worked for years as a journalist (currently at The Marshall Project) covering the criminal justice system and exposing the abuses within it. She comes with experience that most… Read More

07/15/20
DPA Podcast Episode 37: Police Militarization is Not Normal

In her own community in Santa Fe, New Mexico, DPA Senior Director Emily Kaltenbach sees police with assault rifles, submachine guns, grenade launchers, and even tanks. To help us understand the far-reaching… Read More

06/24/20
DPA Podcast Episode 36: “Puff or Pass”: What Law & Order SVU Has to Say About Drugs and Policing

On the latest edition of our “Puff or Pass” series examining how drugs and people who use drugs are portrayed in pop culture, DPA’s marketing coordinator Ifetayo Harvey digs into a recent episode of Law &… Read More

06/10/20
DPA Podcast Episode 35: Kerwin Kaye on How Drug Courts Coerce, Control, and Continue to Harm Communities in Need

Drug courts – programs that seek to reduce drug use through mandated treatment and close judicial oversight – sound like a good alternative to incarceration. In theory they are thought to save money and increase… Read More

05/20/20
DPA Podcast Episode 34: Six Months Later, Safety First Drug Education Continues to Evolve

When the Drug Policy Alliance publicly released our harm reduction-based drug education curriculum Safety First in October, the world was a different place. In the months since, it’s evolved into an even more… Read More

05/13/20
DPA Podcast Episode 33: “Puff or Pass”: Can The Simpsons Really School Us on Cannabis?

We’ve all been there: you’re watching TV or a movie, playing a video game or listening to some music, when drugs enter the storyline. This can go well -- and it can also go really badly. On this episode, we’re… Read More

05/06/20
DPA Podcast Episode 32: The Insidious Impact of COVID-19 on Immigration

Immigrant detention centers are bleak places in the best of times, but during a pandemic they are absolutely dangerous. And yet U.S. immigration enforcement has carried on as COVID-19 continues to spread,… Read More

04/29/20
DPA Podcast Episode 31: What Does DPA Do During a Pandemic?

On previous episodes, we’ve talked about the impact of COVID-19 in the context of public health and incarceration. But, as an organization, how has Drug Policy Alliance been affected? What about our work has… Read More

04/22/20
DPA Podcast Episode 30: Why Decarceration Matters Now, and Why it Always Has

Of the first seven people who died of COVID-19 in federal prison, five of them were there for drug offenses. In this moment, the inhumanity and disastrous health consequences of our prisons and jails are clearer… Read More