Lexington’s Narcotic Farm, Redux

There is a story about Lexington’s Narcotic Farm on Tonic, the arts and music magazine of WUKY. Tonic’s Kopana interviews filmmaker and author JP Olsen about his experiences working on the documentary “The Narcotic Farm.”

Olsen discusses some interesting issues about the intersections between incarceration, addiction and addiction treatments, medicalization, and criminalization.

This story is a nice complement to Eugene’s previous post here about the Narcotic Farm, and the book that accompanies the documentary, co-authored by Olsen and Nancy Campbell.

One reply on “Lexington’s Narcotic Farm, Redux”

Hi, my name is Laura Ellis and I work on a talk show called State of Affairs from WFPL in Louisville. I thought I would comment to let you know that we’re having the authors of the Narcotic Farm book (two of whom also made the film) on our call in show on January 5th.

We are a call-in show, so if anyone would like to share memories or stories about the subject, we welcome you: 502-814-TALK or We’re on the air at 11am and you can listen online at

I’ve been doing research for the show and the Narcotic Farm’s story is definitely fascinating – I had never heard of it despite growing up in Louisville. Should be an interesting hour. Thanks!

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