The History of Addiction: Unraveling America's Affair with the Drug Trade
Can American break free from the grip of addiction? Are innovative solutions like alcohol purchase licenses and safe drug supply the answer? And what role should medical professionals play in combatting this widespread disease?
Our latest guest is Dr. Brian Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Anesthesia at SUNY Upstate and recently retired Director of Addiction Medicine at Upstate University Hospital. As the author of The Mass Psychology of Addiction, Dr. Johnson challenges conventional narratives and confronts uncomfortable truths, providing a space for open dialogue and innovative thinking to pave the way towards a healthier, more informed future.
In this candid conversation, we explore the psychology behind cravings, the alarming rise of the new drug trends like chroming, and the stark reality of an America seemingly caught in a downward spiral of addiction. Dr. Johnson dissects the historical ties between addiction and societal issues, revealing how racism, slavery, and even government complicity has shaped the landscape we face today.
In this episode, we will discuss:
- The role of cigarettes in the fentanyl crisis
- The roots of drug addiction in history, including racism, slavery, and the drug trade's legacy
- The mass psychology of addiction and government complicity
- Where the focus needs to be in eradicating addiction
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