We tend to dismiss drug addicts as criminals, weak-willed, losers, (whatever negative word you can imagine). Whenever mainstream media reports on drug addicts it is juxtaposed with a serious crime. As a result, people are programmed to believe this narrative. No one ever addresses WHY people become drug addicts. Why do they resort to these horrible drugs? It’s been 100 years since this so-called War on Drugs, has it not worked? Who started this so-called war? Who are we fighting against?
After reading “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari, I realized the grave situation facing America and its drug prohibition. It’s highly unlikely that the average person has the time, or the want, to sit down and talk to a drug addict. Johann did just that. He has traveled the world and spoke to numerous people affected by the drug war. Not only does Johann provide the historical background to the so-called War on Drugs, but the stories he shares in his book are beyond any that I have ever read. I am honored to have Johann on the podcast this episode to share some of these amazing stories with you all.
“Chasing the Scream” can be purchased on Amazon here.
About Johann Hari
Johann Hari is a British journalist. He has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Nation, Slate, El Mundo, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He was a lead op-ed columnist for the Independent, one of Britain’s leading newspapers, for nine years.
Johann was named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International twice. He was named ‘Environmental Commentator of the Year’ at the Editorial Intelligence awards, and ‘Gay Journalist of the Year’ at the Stonewall awards. He has also won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for political writing.*
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