UNLOCKED – Street Medics w/ JC*

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JC* joins the Panel to discuss his work with NYC DSA Medics, being on the ground during Charlottesville, harm reduction programs, and the intersection of capitalism and epidemiology. J* is an EMT, street medic, program director the the NYC DSA opioid overdose prevention program, and a researcher focusing on the intersection of capitalism and population health.

*name withheld because SEO is a cop 😈

πŸ’‰ DP EP 48 πŸ’‰ 15 May 2019

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Below: a list of resources provided by JC*


gutman, “The Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis”. this is the oped. pretty straightforward. gutman talks about public works projects as giving meaning and improving material circumstances, and in this case specifically alleviating the dread of climate change. https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/green-new-deal-deaths-of-despair-aoc-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-overdose-opioid-20190314.html

mcclean, “there’s nothing here”: deindustrialization as risk environment for overdose. pretty straightforward piece! makes a convincing claim for this and also is deeply cited with other good lit. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26868674

roe, harm reduction as paradigm. this one is a powerful but measured critique of that kind of “left hand of the state” stuff i was talking about. roe compares early, oppositional harm reduction work to current, depoliticized, public health (and law enforcement) inflected “mature harm reduction”. this piece pairs well with stoller: lessons from the damned, and bourgois, decolonizing drug studies. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581590500372188

bourgois, decolonizing drug studies. this piece is dense and extremely good.
bourgois is a pretty strict foucaultian sociologist who just has no time for “the intellectual poverty of public-health dominated drug studies”. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29861516

smith, harm reduction as an anarchist practice AND about nothing about us without us. two short pieces detailing a history of that oppositional harm reduction and the necessity to keep it alive. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2501023 & https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2011.611487


narcotica: eps 16 and 18: https://www.patreon.com/Narcotica

crackdown: eps 2 and 3: https://www.patreon.com/crackdownpod


gabor mate, in the realm of hungry ghosts. https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/product/9780676977417-item.html?s_campaign=aff-001-5056941-Penguin+Random+House+Canada+Limited-Indigo+Product+Feed+-+Books+Catalog+5-11736490-8727424&cjevent=97c1e0f7772111e980a001590a24060c

nancy stoller, lessons from the damned. https://textbookarena.com/products/9780415919616-0415919614-lessons-from-the-damned-queers-whores-and-junkies-respond-to-aids?variant=12456864776290

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