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


07/21/21
DPA Podcast Episode 46: The Brotherhood Sister Sol’s Dr. Marsha Jean-Charles on the Drug War and the Education System

The drug war has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives—and it’s time to uproot it. The Drug Policy Alliance has been working closely with other advocacy organizations to create Uprooting the Drug War, a… Read More

07/14/21
DPA Podcast Episode 45: “Puff or Pass”: The Iconic, Ironic D.A.R.E. Shirt

In this episode of “Puff or Pass,” our series on the portrayal of drugs and drug users in popular culture, DPA’s former digital communications interns Dilara Balkan and Marisa Hetzler take us on a journey… Read More

06/30/21
DPA Podcast Episode 44: Screenwriter Priscila García-Jacquier on Challenging the Narcos Narrative

Have you ever noticed just how many series, films and documentaries focus on the drug trade? The “narcos” narrative is so popular, and so ingrained, that it’s universally known. It's also really problematic, and… Read More

05/19/21
DPA Podcast Episode 43: The Ordinary People Society’s Pastor Kenneth Glasgow on the Drug War and the Public Benefits System

The drug war has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives—and it’s time to uproot it. The Drug Policy Alliance has been working closely with other advocacy organizations to create Uprooting the Drug War, a… Read More

04/14/21
DPA Podcast Episode 42: Movement for Family Power’s Lisa Sangoi on the Drug War and the Family Regulation System

The drug war has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives—and it’s time to uproot it. The Drug Policy Alliance has been working closely with other advocacy organizations to create Uprooting the Drug War, a… Read More

03/10/21
DPA Podcast Episode 41: Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Talks All Drug Decriminalization and Alternatives to Policing

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's killing, the connection between deeply problematic policing and the criminalization of drugs has never been more apparent. On this episode, we take a… Read More

10/21/20
DPA Podcast Episode 40: Christine Minhee on the Promises and Perils of Opioid Litigation

Today, news broke that the Department of Justice has reached an $8 billion-plus settlement with Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. This money should be used to combat the public health emergency of… Read More

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