Narcotic Farm

Today you’ll hear about The Narcotic Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, addiction, science, wacky graham crackers, jazz, prison, unethical medical experimentation, and a weird diversion about William S. Burroughs that I really didn’t plan on talking about but that made me feel very indignant.

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Links & Resources

Addiction Help:


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or 1-800-662-HELP

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) can also help with drug and alcohol abuse.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

The Partnership at for parents of teens (1-855-378-4373).

NIDA’s DrugPubs Research Dissemination Center


A list of UK resources


A list of helplines for provinces and territories in Canada


Alcohol and Drug Foundation 1300 85 85 84

Mental Health Help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741
Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233
VictimConnect, a referral helpline for victims of crime: 1-855-484-2846
For Veterans, Make The Connection

Official website of The Narcotic Farm documentary and book

BBC’s Hitting the High Notes (Dr. Sally Marlow’s excellent program about jazz musicians, addiction, and The Narcotic Farm includes interviews, footage, and some recordings of jazz concerts at Narco.) 

Claire Clark’s The Recovery Revolution: The Battle Over Addiction Treatment in the United States

William White’s Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America

Written and produced by Anna Roberts
Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez
Intro music by Elliot Middleton

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