Weekly Infusion
Weekly Infusion
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This multi-part written series of articles is now available in podcast form. Dr. Drew reads “A History of Opium,” which includes additional commentary from recognized experts (available only in this version). A previous Weekly Infusion podcast with Internal Medicine/ Addiction specialists Dr. Drew and Dr. Bruce Heischober welcome a variety of guests and explore topics ranging from everyday health issues, to the latest medical breakthroughs and treatments, to incredible stories of the ER.
An Underused Treatment and the Government’s Response to the Opioid Crisis- Ep 16-17
Today we address the use of Naltrexone as a treatment option for addiction and examine the Government’s response to the Opioid Crisis.  Experts include Harvard professors, Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Bertha Madras, Beautiful Boy author/public speaker, David Sheff and addiction counselor Shelly Sprague.  We want to thank our guests and special thanks to all of you listeners who explored The History of Opium with us. Produced by Michelle Poe and the staff of drdrew.com.  Sponsored by Social CBD. Go to DrDrew.com/socialCBD. On our site and for a limited time you can save 20% at checkout with code DRDREW.
Jun 17, 2019
18 min
How Do We Solve the Opioid Problem? -  Ep 15
Professors Dr. John Kelly, Dr. Anna Lembke and Dr. Bertha Madras plus best-selling author of Beautiful Boy, David Sheff join @drdrew this week as we focus on steps that could be taken to address the opiod epidemic more effectively. Some of these methods are tried and true and others take a more novel approach.  This show is courtesy of SocialCBD. Go to DrDrew.com/socialCBD. On our site and for a limited time you can save 20% at checkout with code DRDREW.
Jun 17, 2019
29 min
Suboxone – Miracle or Menace? - EP 14
Suboxone:  Miracle or Menace?  This week’s installment tackles medication assisted therapy, and specifically the use of Suboxone to treat the disease of addiction.  There are arguments both for and against this controversial treatment method.  Addiction treatment expert Bob Forrest, Dr. Anna Lembke and Dr. John Kelly weigh in on the topic.  
Jun 17, 2019
13 min
Mixing Opioids and Benzodiazepines- EP 12 - 13
This week’s installment explores the physicians’ role in the current opioids crisis and explains why mixing opioids and benzodiazepines is such a lethal combination.  Our superstar panel of experts includes Dr. Bertha Madras (Harvard University), Dreamland author, Sam Quinones, Dr. Anna Lembke (Stanford University), addiction specialist, Shelley Sprague, and Beautiful Boy author, David Sheff. 
Jun 3, 2019
29 min
The Current Opioids Crisis -EP 11
This installment examines the drug companies’ role in the current opioids crisis.  Led by the billionaire Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma used marketing, advertising and questionable tactics to encourage physicians to prescribe OxyContin whenever possible.  The push to “eliminate pain completely” resulted in iatrogenic addiction.  Beautiful Boy author, David Sheff, Dreamland author, Sam Quinones and Addiction Treatment Specialist, Shelley Sprague are this week’s contributors.  
May 27, 2019
16 min
Methadone: A Cautionary Tale - Ep 10
Dr. Robert DuPont, former White House Drug Chief (under Nixon), joins us this week to talk about Methadone maintenance therapy as a treatment for addiction.  He shares his thoughts about harm reduction and illuminates the groundbreaking work that was done in this area by Dr. Marie Nyswander and Dr. Vincent Dole.   This episode is sponsored by Select CBD.
May 11, 2019
15 min
Addiction and Its Effects EP-09
Dr. Anna Lembke of Stanford University and recovered addict Mike Catherwood are this week’s guests.  This episode addresses the processes that occur in the brain when an addiction takes hold.  Find out how genetics, the environment and childhood trauma contribute this disease as well.  This episode is sponsored by Select CBD
Apr 27, 2019
15 min
Opium: The 60s, 70s and  80s. EP 08
This week’s experts are “The Age of Addiction” author, Dr. David Courtwright, Former Nixon Drug Chief, Dr. Robert Dupont and Harvard Professor, Dr. Bertha Madras Methadone was becoming a popular withdrawal treatment even as Timothy Leary was calling for people to “turn on, tune in, drop out.”  Nixon declared a “war on drugs” and soldiers’ drug use in Vietnam shined a light on heroin abuse.  The National Institute of Drug Abuse was founded in the 70s and the 80s ushered in the D.A.R.E. Program.    This episode is sponsored by Select CBD.
Apr 15, 2019
15 min
Who Is Responsible for Treating the Addicts? EP 7
With doctors forbidden from treating the addicts they had created, this population began resorting to unlawful activities to acquire drugs.  WWII interrupted the opium trade, making it easier for the U.S. to crack down on drug trade, but by the end of the 40s a rise in heroin use occurred, increasing addiction rates.  Dr. Marie Nyswander began to champion the use of Methadone to treat addicts.  Age of Addiction author, Dr. David Courtwright is this week’s guest expert.   This episode is sponsored by Select CBD.
Apr 10, 2019
15 min
Addiction “Cures” of the Late 19th Century  EP 6
Drug historian and author of The Age of Addiction, Dr. David Courtwright, joins us to talk about some of the “addiction cures” that became popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Find out which famous historical figure blamed all addictions on masturbation!   This episode is sponsored by True Recovery. 
Apr 3, 2019
12 min
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