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Can America break free from the grip of addiction? Are innovative solutions like alcohol purchase licenses and safe drug supply the answer? And what role should medical professionals play in arresting this widespread disease?
Our latest guest is Dr. Brian Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Anesthesia at SUNY Upstate and recently retired Director of Addiction Medicine at Upstate University Hospital. As the author of The Mass Psychology of Addiction, Dr. Johnson challenges conventional narratives and confronts uncomfortable truths, providing a space for open dialogue and innovative thinking to pave the way toward a healthier, more informed future.
In this candid conversation, we explore the psychology behind cravings, the alarming rise of new drug trends like chroming, and the stark reality of an America seemingly caught in a downward spiral of addiction. Dr. Johnson dissects the historical ties between addiction and societal issues, revealing how racism, slavery, and even government complicity have shaped the landscape we face today.
Join us as we discuss:
  • Cigarette’s role in the Fentanyl crisis
  • The roots of drug addiction in history, including racism, slavery, and the drug trade's legacy
  • The mass psychology of addiction and government complicity
  • Where the focus needs to be in eradicating addiction

To make sure you never miss an episode of The Opioid Matrix, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the website, or your favorite podcast player.
Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for The Opioid Matrix in your favorite podcast player.


Can America break free from the grip of addiction? Are innovative solutions like alcohol purchase licenses and safe drug supply the answer? And what role should medical professionals play in arresting this widespread disease? Our latest guest is Dr. Brian Johnson , Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Anesthesia at SUNY Upstate and recently retired Director of Addiction Medicine at Upstate University Hospital . As the author of The Mass Psychology of Addiction, Dr. Johnson challenges conventional narratives and confronts uncomfortable truths, providing a space for open dialogue and innovative thinking to pave the way toward a healthier, more informed future. In this candid conversation, we explore the psychology behind cravings, the alarming rise of new drug trends like chroming, and the stark reality of an America seemingly caught in a downward spiral of addiction. Dr. Johnson dissects the historical ties between addiction and societal issues, revealing how racism, slavery, and even government complicity have shaped the landscape we face today. Join us as we discuss: Cigarette’s role in the Fentanyl crisis The roots of drug addiction in history, including racism, slavery, and the drug trade's legacy The mass psychology of addiction and government complicity Where the focus needs to be in eradicating addiction To make sure you never miss an episode of The Opioid Matrix, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the website, or your favorite podcast player. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for The Opioid Matrix in your favorite podcast player. read more read less

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