An exposé by Disaster Capitalism author Antony Loewenstein, Pills, Powder, and Smoke traverses the streets of London, the killing fields of Central America and the cocaine routes of West Africa to uncover a failed policy and ask who it really profits. According to journalist Johann Hari, “anyone who cares about the war on drugs … should read this superb book right away”. With George Dertadian, Antony discusses how the war on drugs focuses on controlling markets and people rather than ending addiction, and argues for a more humane approach.

Antony Loewenstein (Australian)

Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and many others. His latest book is Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs. He's the author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe; the writer/co-producer of the associated documentary, Disaster Capitalism; and the co-director of an Al-Jazeera English film on the opioid drug tramadol. His other books include My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution, and Profits of Doom.

George Dertadian (Australian)

George Dertadian

George (Kev) Dertadian, Ph.D. is a social researcher interested in alcohol and other drugs, the sociology of crime and deviance, and social and cultural theory. His most recent work includes the book A Fine Line: Painkillers and Pleasure in the Age of Anxiety, which represents the first full length qualitative manuscript that critically assessing the non-medical use of pain medications in Australia. Kev is also active in the policy field and has strongly advocated for the need for a second safe injecting facility in Western Sydney. He is currently a Lecturer in a Criminology as part of the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales where he teaches introductory criminology, criminological theory and youth justice.