First of All: How Drugs Work

There’s no inherent moral value in drugs, but morality plays a major role in the delivery of drug education, (mis)perceptions about drugs and drug users, and the policy decisions and politicians make. 

This episode provides a crash course on how drugs impact the brain and the body, the science of addiction and risky use (e.g. how substance dependence develops, how an overdose happens, etc.), and introduces effective, life-saving health solutions like naloxone, drug checking, and overdose prevention centers.

About the Web Series

Hosted by Sasha Simon, Safety First Senior Program Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, First of All aims to clear away all the junk science and stigma related to substance use, putting science, dignity and respect first. In this series, Simon brings key components of a harm reduction-approach to drug education to life online so viewers can discover innovative ways to learn about drugs that could save their lives or those of the people they love. 

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