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Journalist and father of 3, Bob Diggles, has spent a year getting to know
the drug landscape in the UK. On this podcast Bob meets scientists, criminologists, festival organisers, musicians, politicians, bereaved parents and many more people with fascinating narcotic insight. He then discusses those interviews with his teenage son in an open, honest and definitely not cringingly embarrassing hip-dad way.

Shortlisted for Best Education Podcast at the 2019 People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Media Coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Scotland, BBC Solent, BBC Manchester, BBC Leeds, BBC Sussex & Surrey

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Journalist and father of 3, Bob Diggles, has spent a year getting to know
the drug landscape in the UK. On this podcast Bob meets scientists, criminologists, festival organisers, musicians, politicians, bereaved parents and many more people with fascinating narcotic insight. He then discusses those interviews with his teenage son in an open, honest and definitely not cringingly embarrassing hip-dad way.

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Journalist and father of 3, Bob Diggles, has spent a year getting to know the drug landscape in the UK.

On this podcast Bob meets scientists, criminologists, festival organisers, musicians, politicians, bereaved parents and many more people with fascinating narcotic insight.

He then discusses those interviews with his teenage son in an open, honest and definitely not cringingly embarrassing hip-dad way.

Episode 1: Rock & Roll?

In Episode 1 Bob begins to explain why he wants to talk to his children about drugs.

He meets rock guitarist, songwriter, music producer and dad Jim Cregan to hear how a successful music career is interwoven with drug influences and experiences, and how much he’s told his offspring about his rock n’ roll past.

Cregan And Co

Then Bob and his teenage son Credence sit down and have a natter about cocaine

In the next episode Bob buys drugs and gets them tested to see if they were worth the money.

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Episode 2: Buying & Testing

In Episode 2 Bob buys drugs and gets them tested to see if they were worth the money.

He meets Professor Fiona Measham, a nightclub loving criminologist who founded a drug testing charity called The Loop in 2013. The Loop chemists test his drugs and then sit him down to talk to him about harm reduction.

Bob and his teenage son Credence go on to have a chat about ecstasy, the dark web, Leah Betts & MDMA therapy.

Find out more about The Loop
The Loop on Twitter
Prof Fiona Measham on Twitter
The Loop on Facebook

Find out more about ecstasy

In the next episode Bob chats with Dr Mohammed Qasim, a researcher who talks to drugs dealers and gangs.

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Episode 3: Wheeling & Dealing

In Episode 3 Bob looks at drug dealing in the UK in 2019 including county lines operations involving teenagers.
He meets Dr Mohammed Qasim a researcher who talks to drug dealers to find out why they do what they do.
Then Bob and his teenage son Credence have a chat about dealers, sharing drugs with your friends and the police.

Find out more about Dr Mohammed Qasim

Cocaine & the Albanian Mafia

Teenage County Lines Gangs

Postal Heroin from Pakistan

Buy “Young, Muslim & Criminal” by Mohammed Qasim

In the next episode Bob talks to Detective Superintendent Scott MacKechnie : Head of Serious Organised Crime and the force lead for drug-related harm with Hampshire Constabulary. Gulp!

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Episode 4: Sound Of The Police

In Episode 4 Bob looks at drug policing in the UK in 2019 and how it’s affecting young people.

He talks to Detective Superintendent Scott MacKechnie : Head of Serious Organised Crime with Hampshire Constabulary and the force lead for drug-related harm.

Then Bob and his own teenage son Credence have a chat about working in the police, teenage exaggeration & taking care online.

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Episode 5: The K Hole

In Episode 5 Bob looks at the dissociative psychedelic ketamine. Use of K is rising among young people in the UK .

He meets Wendy Teasdill whose daughter Eleanor died in 2013 after taking it at Boomtown Festival, because her body reacted badly to the small amount of alcohol she’d drunk with it.

Then Bob and his teenage son Credence have a chat about ketamine harm reduction, bladder problems, festivals and his Aunty in the police.

BBC Inside Out film at Boomtown 2018 with Wendy and her family

Dr Russell Newcombe’s risk comparison table

In the next episode Bob talks to Anna Wade, one of the founders of Boomtown Festival, about their drug policy since Ellie (and other) drug fatalities at the event.

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Episode 6: All the Fun (and the Fears) of the Festival

With festival season fast approaching, Bob wants to know how to keep his children safe if they join thousands of people in a field full of music, booze and drugs.

He talks to Anna Wade from Boomtown Fair about how they’ve responded to tragedy with a proactive, harm reduction focused drug policy.

Boomtown Fair on Twitter

Then Bob and his teenage son Credence have a chat about drugs at festivals, laughing gas, looking after your mates and his Dad’s festival fashion disasters.

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Episode 7: Under (peer) Pressure & Teenage Kicks

Felix Bechtolsheimer is frontman of cinematic, southern, gothic alt-rock band Curse Of Lono and before that Hey Negrita. Prior to that he was a troubled teenager, a drug dustbin and a heroin addict.

Felix talks candidly about his younger days, and how he got his life back on track to where he now describes himself as the luckiest guy he knows.

Curse Of Lono on Twitter
Felix on Twitter

Then Bob and his teenage son Credence have a chat about heroin, addiction & surviving school.

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Episode 8: Drugs and Girls

A year ago, 18 year old Georgia Jones took two ecstasy pills at a festival and died. This year her mum Janine Milburn is going back to give try to educate festival goers about drug safety, first aid and drug testing.

Georgia Jones – Don’t Go With The Flo

Bob talks to Janine, then has a chat with his own daughters – Coco, aged 11 and Hattie, aged 6 – to get the ball rolling on the honest and open dialogue about drugs to keep them safe as they grow up and face risky situations for themselves and their friends.

Bob also gets some evidence based info from Dr Suzi Gage about the differences between girls & boys and their reactions to drugs.

More on how drugs cause harm to women

Next week there’ll be even more from Dr Suzi Gage, talking specifically about cannabis.

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Episode 9: Cannabis with Dr Suzi Gage

Dr Suzi Gage is a psychologist. She looks at the links between lifestyle behaviours (like drug taking) and mental health. She’s also the host of a super science podcast, Say Why to Drugs, and tells Bob all about that, her research and some evidence based truths about cannabis.

Then Bob talks to his teenage son Credence about dope smoking, legalisation and loopholes.

Next week Bob talks to the excellently named Harry Shapiro of DrugWise.

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Episode 10: Who is Harry Shapiro?

It depends, this is the one I spoke to, he’s the director of Drugwise.

Don’t get him confused with this one. And certainly not this one

The one we want has written a couple of hit books about drugs and music and drugs and Hollywood.

Then Bob talks to his 13 year old son Credence as usual.

Next week Bob talks to Emmanuel Sferios, founder of Dancesafe who is currently making MDMA The Movie

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Episode 11: Meeting Mr MDMA

Emmanuel Sferios is the founder of Dancesafe.
He’s making MDMA The Movie.
He’s the host of the drug positive podcast.
And he’s a really thought provoking guest, especially if all you’ve ever heard of ecstasy are horror stories.

Next week the guest is Norman Lamb MP, a former Lib Dem health minister and one of few MPs who is vocal about drug policy reform.

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Episode 12: Politics and Drugs

With Norman Lamb MP, former Lib Dem health minister and one of few MPs who is vocal about drug policy reform. Norman wants to see cannabis legally regulated and possession of all other drugs decriminalised.

He also wants to see Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom, Rory Stewart, Jeremy Hunt and all the other confessional Tories get real, and engage in an honest conversation about the failed war on drugs.

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Episode 13: I Buy Heroin For My Son

With Professor Sue Pryce, a lecturer in politics at the University of Nottingham, who teaches a module called Politics and Drugs after becoming aware of how close all our lives come to the drug trade when her son became a heroin addict.

Sue chose to buy his smack for years to keep him out of prison, but it didn’t work.

Her story is really eye opening, thought provoking and heart warming.

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Episode 14 : Bonus Brian!

Brian Reed is a volunteer chemist for drug testing charity The Loop and a speaker for drug reform charity Anyone’s Child. Why?

He calls it Lydia’s Legacy, his daughter died when she was 26, in 2016 of a heroin overdose. He’s felt compelled to learn more about drugs and to communicate a harm reduction message ever since.

I thought I’d messed up the recording of the interview, but I hadn’t, so here it is!

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Episode 15: Drug Users Read This…

Michael Linnell has been writing and illustrating drug information leaflets, posters, flyers and comics for nearly 40 years – and he’s a great podcast guest.

His characters Peanut Pete, Dr Nuke, Tough Shit Thomas, Fanny & Dick and Grandpa Smack Head Jones were conveying harm reduction messages before the internet became an easy source of information and even before harm reduction was even a thing!

You can still find Michael’s work at festivals, clubs and drug clinics or you can order your copies here . If you miss his old work it’s all in his online archive.

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Episode 16: Performance & Image Enhancing Drugs

With Dr Ian Hendy – two times World Bodybuilding Champion for the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation.

He’s stacked… but not jacked – Ian doesn’t take any steroids or illegal supplements – he works out HARD and eats a lot of chicken!

If you’ve ever wondered about the pros and cons of steroids this is the episode for you!

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Episode 17: The Compassionate Copper

With T/Detective Chief Inspector Jason Kew, Heroin & Crack Action Area Coordinator for the South East of England.

In this episode you’ll find out…

  • What the T stands for in Jason’s rank.
  • What a Heroin & Crack Action Area Coordinator actually does.
  • What Jason’s learnt from his two careers as a navy diver and a police officer… and what he’s un-learnt.
  • How compassionate policing is about reducing harm, reducing stigma and NOT banging people up for possession!

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Episode 18: I Feel A Bit Funny…

With comedian Jacob Hawley.

He’s made a brilliant podcast for the BBC, called Jacob Hawley – On Drugs – it’s one of the most successful on the BBC Sounds app.

I met him to talk drugs, podcasting and what he hopes will come out of his public honesty around the subject.

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