Change Intolerance

In 2014, the province of British Columbia switched nearly 15,000 methadone patients to a new formulation of the drug called Methadose.

2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2019 / Garth Mullins / Sam Fenn / Lisa Hale / Alexander B. Kim / Ryan McNeil / Crackdown, Canada

In 2014, the province of British Columbia switched nearly 15,000 methadone patients to a new formulation of the drug called Methadose.

Garth Mullins and Laura Shaver investigate what happened after the switch in Change Intolerance.

This story is the second episode of Crackdown, a podcast about the drug war, covered by drug users as war correspondents. Each episode tells the story of a community fighting for their lives. The host, Garth Mullins, is a former injection heroin user and is now on methadone and the podcast is led by an editorial board made up of some of Vancouver’s most experienced drug user activists.

Change Intolerance was produced by Sam Fenn and Garth Mullins, co-produced by Lisa Hale, Alexander Kim, and Ryan McNeil for the podcast Crackdown, with editorial support from Laura Shaver and Chereece Keewatin.


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Sam Fenn

Sam Fenn (@Samadeus) is a documentarian, journalist and musician from Vancouver, Canada.

Lisa Hale

Lisa Hale (@lisa_hale) is a freelance reporter and producer based in Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh territories (Vancouver, BC).

Alexander B. Kim

Alexander B. Kim is a documentary radio producer and photographer based in Vancouver.

Ryan McNeil

Ryan McNeil (@rs_mcneil) is a research scientist with the BC Centre on Substance Use and scientific advisor of the podcast Crackdown .


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