STS Colloquium: Addiction Narratives: Why Science Stories Matter for Drug Policy and Politics

STS Colloquium: Addiction Narratives: Why Science Stories Matter for Drug Policy and Politics

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April 10, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Maia Szalavitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, which is widely recognized as an important advance in thinking about how to cope with addiction as a learning disorder. In her STS Colloquium talk, she will discuss various ways of knowing and understanding addiction, how they are changing and why it matters. From media coverage to politicians' rhetoric, the opioid crisis is often sensationalized and a dominant narrative has developed in which 'innocent' white pain patients have been addicted by corrupt doctors fat on pharma money— and now are being pushed heroin contaminated with fentanyl from China by Mexican gangs. Inaccurate and filled with racism, this narrative has driven and been driven by counterproductive policies that cannot be changed until we recognize how drug stories are used and misused.

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