Episode 28: Antibiotic Resistance and Doping at the Olympics

Antibiotic resistance and doping at the Olympics are two pretty unrelated ideas, but they’re both covered in the new book ‘The Day It Finally Happens’ by author and journalist Mike Pearl, who sat down in Narcotica co-host Troy Farah’s kitchen.

The book is kind of exploring the future in an interesting way, taking a lot of these wild, worst case scenarios, like what happens when the last fish in the ocean dies or truly bizarre, hypothetical situations, like what if a real life Jurassic Park opens. It breaks down this potential future using facts and experts. This is a show about drugs (and the people who use them) and so we’re going to be talking about two chapters from the book: The Day Antibiotics Don’t Work Anymore and The Day Doping is Allowed at the Olympics.

Antibiotics are drugs and we don’t often think about the most popular way to use them: feeding them to animals. Also important is addressing antibiotic use in injection drug communities. And will we ever see a future where performance-enhancing drug use is acceptable? It’s not as unlikely as you may think, and we break down some of the fundamental ideas behind anti-doping rules.
Follow Mike Pearl on Twitter and order ‘The Day It Finally Happens’ here: http://bit.ly/2kDl3wU
Also, here is more info on that study regarding antibiotic resistance in drug-using communities: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2628989/

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Producers: Christopher Moraff, Troy Farah, Zachary Siegel
Co-Producer: Aaron Ferguson
Music: Glass Boy, Pictures of the Floating World
Image: Antibiotics: Global Panorama; Olympics: Informedmag // edit by Troy Farah

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