Ben Boyce is an addicted person who spent years of his life locked up for petty theft and fraud: crimes related to drug use. After his release from a Michigan prison in 2005, he completed his Bachelor's Degree, was accepted to a Master's Program across the country in Colorado, and eventually got his PhD (hence the moniker Dr. Junkie). He currently teaches undergraduate communication classes at University of Colorado, and at The University of Denver. And on the weekends he bangs out podcast episodes dedicated to harm reduction and abolishing the war on drugs.
We currently live in culture designed to make drugs expensive and dangerous, then to torture users and addicted people who are caught using them, or committing crimes of desperation to get their next fix. As one of the few inmates and addicted people lucky enough to avoid the traps of recidivism and overdose death, he decided to create this podcast as a way to give a shout out to all of the people still suffering under the thumb of oppressive US policy. There is hope. We can do better. The conversation about a better drug policy in the United States is long overdue. It begins here.