Addictions Edited is the new podcast from the Society for the Study of Addiction. It is a monthly podcast for people working in addiction policy, research and treatment settings. Each month, the team will summarise the month’s news stories and cover the latest in research and policy. Each episode will include features on key issues and interviews with people from a range of addiction settings.

The first episode of the SSA’s new podcast has been published today and features Oliver Standing from Collective Voice. There is also a feature on recommissioning, including interviews with Dr Will Haydock and Professor Alison Ritter, a feature on treatment and research during the COVID-19 lock-down by SSA-funded PhD student Chloe Burke, and an interview with specialist prescribing nurse Dr Peter Kelly. References for articles mentioned in this episode can be found below.

Addictions Edited is hosted by the SSA’s Dr Rob Calder along with Dr Carol-Ann Getty from the Addiction journal newsroom. Every month we will invite a guest host to share their insights and experiences in relation to the month’s events. We will also publish full-length interviews with researchers and policymakers throughout each month.

This podcast will help you stay up-to-date on the fast moving world of addiction and will help document some of the key debates and issues of the time. We hope you can join us.

Please get in touch ( with any questions or comments, or if you would like to be a guest host.

The SSA is grateful to Jump Media Group for their ongoing help with the podcast, and to George Verrall for generously providing some of the music.

References from this episode:


Oliver’s news pick:
Review of drugs part two: prevention, treatment, and recovery. By Dame Carol Black. Published by the Department of Health and Social Care (2021).

Carol’s news pick:
Swedish government to return € 1.3 million worth of Bitcoin to drug dealers. Published in Addiction News (2021).

Rob’s news pick:
MHRA publishes clear guidance to support bringing e-cigarettes to market as licensed therapies. Published by Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (2021).


Oliver’s research pick:
Less than human: dehumanisation of people who use heroin. By Harry Sumnall and colleagues. Published in Health Education (2021).

Carol’s research pick:
Do naloxone access laws affect perceived risk of heroin use? Evidence from national US data. By Brian C. Kelly and colleague. Published in Addiction (2021).

Rob’s research picks:
Exploring essential components of addiction recovery: a qualitative study across assisted and unassisted recovery pathways. By Anne Dekkers and colleagues. Published in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (2021).
Recovery and identity: a five-year follow-up of persons treated in 12-step-related programs. By Ninive von Greiff and colleague. Published in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (2021).
Illegal drug market responses to state recreational cannabis laws. By Angélica Meinhofer and colleague. Published in Addiction (2021).
Increased illicit substance abuse among the Zimbabwean adolescents and youths during the COVID-19 era: An impending public health disaster. By Solomon Mukwenha and colleagues. Published in Addiction (2021).

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