The Daily Dose
Do you know the real stories of people who inject or use drugs? The fear and stigma around drug use often means that people who use drugs struggle to be accepted and to access the health care and social equity the rest of us take for granted.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for them? Who they are? What life is like? One of the greatest pathways to understanding is listening.
Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi follow the personal and untold stories of people who inject drugs. We give a voice to their lives and circumstances, looking behind the stigma.
Most of what we hear around drug use, and particularly people who inject drugs comes from the media, and it’s deeply etched with stereotypes and impacts on people’s lives and their access to employment, family and personal relationships.
We aren’t promoting drug use. We’re promoting compassion and understanding.
We think it is important it is to tell real stories that don’t rely on stereotypes and prejudice.
This is brave stuff from these 9 storytellers because sharing these kinds of stories comes with risks. In some instances friends family and colleagues don’t know about their drug use. They could lose their job, be marginalised in their community, ostracised at school pick up and be judged.
So we won’t tell you when but we are changing names and voices along the way so that people have some sense of safety. Can you imagine sharing your most socially complex story with the world on a podcast? We’re so grateful to these 9 storytellers for having the guts to give this a go.
Daily Dose is an Authentic You Media production in collaboration with North Coast HIV and Related Programs, also known as North Coast HARP. Jointly funded by North Coast HARP & NSW Ministry of Health in Australia.