On this week’s Life Examined, we’re teaming up with KCRW’s Bodies podcast. In “Do Less Harm,” the second episode of the new season, producer Hannah Harris Green travels to West Virginia, where despite government push back, activists are handing out clean needles and the opioid overdose medication Narcan. Host Jonathan Bastian talks with Green and Bodies creator and host Allison Behringer about their new season and Green’s experience meeting people who use drugs in rural West Virginia. We also hear from Dr. Carl Hart, Columbia University psychologist and author of “Drug Use for Grown Ups,” on why he thinks the legalization of recreational drug use is important.
Behind the front lines of drug legalization and harm reduction
From this Episode:
How a small mountain community copes with drug addiction
The legalization of marijuana in several U.S. states has had a huge impact in the ongoing legal debate about whether or not to decriminalize other recreational drugs.