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Points is a group blog that brings together scholars and thinkers with wide-ranging expertise to produce original reflections about the history of drugs, medicines, alcohol, pharmacy, and their allied fields. Points provides a forum for exchange: of new ideas, of original insights, and of thoughtful speculations about disciplinary, professional, and intellectual boundaries and divisions. We aim to generate new dialogues that bridge false divides and break down artificial silos in both history and praxis. More informed than the mainstream media and more accessible than academic journals, Points exemplifies a new kind of scholarly exchange that showcases innovative ways of thinking about substances, society, and health in the past and the present.

Points features regular posts from our Contributing Editors and welcomes posts from guest authors. All posts are edited by the Managing Editor prior to publication and revisions may be requested or recommended. However, with a diverse audience in mind, Points is more flexible than an academic journal regarding the content and formatting of posts.

Guidance for contributions:

  • Content is welcomed on a wide range of topics, including intoxicants, health and medicine, pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, and much more.
  • Written posts/essays should be 750–2000 words. These typically offer cultural criticism, policy analysis, archival/museum & book reviews, and event reports.
  • We also welcome creative content in the form of: interviews, source/image discussion, presentation recordings – pitch an idea and we’ll discuss.
  • References are best kept to a minimum and hyperlinked within the post.
  • All content must be submitted with author(s) biography paragraphs & a profile picture to be published with the post.

For further information, contact Managing Editor Claire Davey.


Points was founded in 2011 by Joe Spillane and Trysh Travis. It is a joint blog sponsored by, the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, an affiliate organization of the American Historical Association, and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, a constituent society of the American Association for the History of Medicine.

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Material posted to Points is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This means that written text posted on this blog is available for sharing purposes, but credit must be given to Points and the original author. More information about this license is available here.

Points does not endorse specific treatment centers or any single model of addiction recovery. As a matter of academic integrity, we do not publish sponsored posts.

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