Points Roundtable: “American Rehab” from Reveal

In July, Reveal, the broadcast channel of the Center for Investigative Reporting, released its eight-part series American Rehab, which centered on an investigation into the drug treatment program Cenikor and the group’s emphasis on “work therapy.” Examining how Cenikor was able to transform “tens of thousands of people into an unpaid, shadow workforce,” Reveal tracedContinue reading “Points Roundtable: “American Rehab” from Reveal”

“Nightmarish” “Horrifying”: Thomas Randall’s The Twelfth Step

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Matthew J. Raphael, a retired professor of English. Raphael is author of Bill W. and Mr. Wilson (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000), as well as other books and essays on the place of alcohol in American literature and culture. His previous work for Points includes reviewing the movie Bill W. and a review ofContinue reading ““Nightmarish” “Horrifying”: Thomas Randall’s The Twelfth Step”

Tomorrow: Webinar with David Courtwright — THE AGE OF ADDICTION: HOW BAD HABITS BECAME BIG BUSINESS

We live in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and shopping to binge eating and opioid abuse. Sugar can be as habit-forming as cocaine, researchers tell us, and social media apps are hooking our kids. In his new book, “The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business” (Harvard University’s Belknap Press, 2019), David Courtwright,Continue reading “Tomorrow: Webinar with David Courtwright — THE AGE OF ADDICTION: HOW BAD HABITS BECAME BIG BUSINESS”

Cannabis in the 1950s British Tabloids

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from guest writer Alex Brown. Brown researches and writes for the drug history podcast Hooked on History. He has a Master’s in Contemporary History from the University of Edinburgh. It will likely surprise none of this blog’s readers that British tabloids have proved poor custodians of “drug” information. Evidence ofContinue reading “Cannabis in the 1950s British Tabloids”

The Points Interview: Ronny Spaans

Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to feature a Points Interview with Dr. Ronny Spaans, Associate Professor in Nordic Literature at Nord University in Nordland, Norway. He also teaches Dutch at the University of Oslo. Here he discusses his new book, Dangerous Drugs: The Self-Presentation of the Merchant-Poet Joannes Six van Chandelier (1620-1695) (Amsterdam University Press, 2020). DescribeContinue reading “The Points Interview: Ronny Spaans”

A Missed Opportunity: What Karen Bass Could Have Accomplished as VP for Communities of Color

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Christiana Verdelus. Verdelus is a Haitian-American woman, feminist, and first-generation college student studying Health Education and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida. This work was inspired by her research on women of color and substance abuse treatment approaches and was completed through the Preston Haskell Faculty and StudentContinue reading “A Missed Opportunity: What Karen Bass Could Have Accomplished as VP for Communities of Color”

In Memory of Glenn C.

Editor’s Note: The message below comes from the Symposium on AA History, which will be hosting its next meeting in January 2021. Click the link for more info about the group. On July 27, 2020 one of our fellowship’s finest historians, Glenn C. passed away in his sleep. Glenn was integral in the formation andContinue reading “In Memory of Glenn C.”

The pandemic is exacerbating other, co-occurring epidemic(s)

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from guest writers Mae Tidd and Deepika Rao, graduate students at UW-Madison in the Health Services Research in Pharmacy Program.  Mae’s research interests focus on LGBTQ+ health and health communication in pharmacy spaces and wider medical spheres. She studies the promotion of health information (between physician and patient, health education, andContinue reading “The pandemic is exacerbating other, co-occurring epidemic(s)”

The Points Interview: Danielle Giffort

Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to feature a Points Interview with Danielle M. Giffort, assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Liberal Arts at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She’s the author of the new book Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). Describe your bookContinue reading “The Points Interview: Danielle Giffort”

Taming Cannabis in France

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Dr. David A. Guba, Jr., of Bard Early College in Baltimore. His new book, Taming Cannabis: Drugs and Empire in Nineteenth Century France, will be released by McGill-Queen’s University Press next month. The push to legalize cannabis in France, where the drug is widely consumed but prohibited, isContinue reading “Taming Cannabis in France”

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