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Interview with International Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Expert Pascal Tanguay

This interview is the text version of the audio episode #66 of the Kratom Science Podcast, posted December 2, 2021. It’s been lightly edited for clarity in reading. Pascal Tanguay is originally from Montreal, Canada and has been living in Thailand for 20 years studying issues around people who use drugs, international and Southeast Asian …

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Pennsylvania House Democrats Compare Kratom to Heroin in Pseudoscientific Tweet

On May 2nd, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee @PADemPolicy posted on Twitter that it was “in Allentown with @RepSchlossberg for a roundtable on the Evolving Epidemic: Opioids and Treatment Options.” Then in a reply to this tweet, wrote “Kratom is widely available but suppresses breathing much the same way as heroin.” As anyone who …

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81. Dr. Kirsten Smith of NIDA Returns

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81. Dr. Kirsten Smith of NIDA Returns
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Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) joins us once again to talk about an upcoming comprehensive study that will include a detailed nationwide survey, testing of kratom samples, and testing select individual kratom consumers. We also cover several papers that Dr. Smith led or co-authored that have been published since her …

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79. Writer Morgan Godvin on Kratom and Life After Incarceration

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79. Writer Morgan Godvin on Kratom and Life After Incarceration
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Morgan Godvin was a heroin user for five years before being convicted and sentenced to five years in prison on federal “delivery resulting in death” charges after a close friend died of an overdose. Morgan began writing in prison and published her first piece while still behind bars. Upon being released to a halfway house …

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75. Founder of “Never Use Alone” Mike Brown

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75. Founder of "Never Use Alone" Mike Brown
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“NO JUDGEMENT, NO SHAMING, NO PREACHING, JUST LOVE! (800) 484-3731 If you are going to use by yourself, call us! You will be asked for your first name, location, and the number you are calling from. An operator will stay on the line with you while you use. If you stop responding after using, the …

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72. Plant Medicine and Spondylosis w/ Brandon Belgard

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72. Plant Medicine and Spondylosis w/ Brandon Belgard
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Brandon Belgard is a plumber from California who began to have back problems after sports injuries and car accidents as a young man. Later he was diagnosed with a degenerative spinal disease called spondylosis. After using prescription opioids for a period of time he discovered kratom which he’s been using for the past five years. …

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67. Martial Arts/Boxing Trainer Dru Clay on Athlete Psychology, Dealing with Pain, and Safe Use

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67. Martial Arts/Boxing Trainer Dru Clay on Athlete Psychology, Dealing with Pain, and Safe Use
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Dru Clay, named after legendary comic Andrew “Dice” Clay, grew up in a rough area of Modesto, California. That necessitated a need for self protection, that Dru ound in martial arts. Dru competed in tournaments growing up, studied sports medicine and psychology, and became a boxing trainer. Because of the constant physical pain endured by …

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66. Pascal Tanguay, Drug Policy Expert Talks About Kratom in Thailand

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66. Pascal Tanguay, Drug Policy Expert Talks About Kratom in Thailand
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Kratom Science is very grateful to bring you this interview with Pascal Tanguay. For 20 years, Pascal has been working on harm reduction policies in Southeast Asia and in Thailand where he lives. Pascal is a bottomless well of knowledge on the history of drug policy and kratom. He’s worked with the International Drug Policy …

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author
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Hulu’s final episode of Dopesick aired yesterday. “I cancelled my Hulu account,” says my guest, Claudia Merandi. “I called it Dopesickening. Hollywood had to profit off the pain community… I refuse to watch.” Claudia Merandi has suffered from Chrohn’s disease since she was a child, as documented in her book Crohn’s: The Other ‘C’ Word: …

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52. The Other Crime of the Century: State-Sanctioned Torture of Pain Patients w/ Dr. Thomas Kline

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52. The Other Crime of the Century: State-Sanctioned Torture of Pain Patients w/ Dr. Thomas Kline
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You may have seen HBO’s documentary The Crime of the Century about pharmaceutical companies influencing doctors to prescribe an abundance of pain medication. But there’s another story that may make for a sequel. CDC guidelines combined with DEA threats to doctors are now leaving chronic pain patients without the access to opioid pain medication that …

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