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 “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”

Teaching Points: The Urgency of History

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY. He contributes to our Teaching Points series, which investigates the role of alcohol and drug history in the classroom.  Things have changed. In February, I wrote what now seems like a rather whimsical preview ofContinue reading “Teaching Points: The Urgency of History”

“What if the CIA did Woke?”: Reviewing Netflix’s “The Business of Drugs”

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Brooks Hudson, a PhD student in history at Southern Illinois University. He reviews the new Netflix series “The Business of Drugs.” Netflix’s new series The Business of Drugs investigates six psychoactive substances—cocaine, synthetics, heroin, cannabis, methamphetamine, and opioids—tracing them to global hot spots—from the remote villages of Colombia,Continue reading ““What if the CIA did Woke?”: Reviewing Netflix’s “The Business of Drugs””

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