The drug war, covered by drug users as war correspondents

Crackdown is an award-winning podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode tells the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives.

Crackdown is produced by Crackdown Productions Ltd. on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations.

We make this podcast with funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. And from our Patreon supporters.

Editorial Board

Crackdown is led by an editorial board composed of drug users, activists and community organizers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The editorial board sets the agenda for the show and provides expert guidance to the rest of the team.

  • Dean Wilson
  • Greg Fesz
  • Jeff Louden
  • Laura Shaver
  • Reija Jean
  • Samona Marsh
  • Shelda Kastor

Rest In Peace:

  • Cheerece Keewatin
  • Dave Murray

Production Team

  • Garth Mullins, host and executive producer
  • Sam Fenn, senior producer
  • Alex De Boer, producer
  • Lisa Hale, producer
  • Alexander Kim, sound designer and editor
  • James Ash, music
  • Kai Paulson, music

Scientific Advisors

  • Danya Fast
  • Jade Boyd
  • Ryan McNeil