The following audio features Dr. Eric Strain, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research. Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and medical director of the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
“More Americans now use prescription painkillers than tobacco. Opioid abuse has skyrocketed. And that, of course, is hardly the only path to addiction. This week, many families will gather for Thanksgiving. Too many will be facing addiction in the family. We’re talking today about how to spot that, to confront that, to deal with that in the most effective way. The U.S. Surgeon General is with us. We want to hear from you. This hour On Point, dealing with addiction in the family.”
FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, Schedule 2 narcotics: Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana are displayed for a photograph in Carmichael, Calif. A Nevada legislator asked the drug company that makes OxyContin to turn over information about Nevada doctors suspected of overprescribing the powerful pain medication. Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, wrote a letter to the president of the drug-maker Purdue Pharam on Friday saying the company has an ethical duty to provide the information to the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners. The Las Vegas Democrat is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary and longtime backer of efforts to curb prescription drug abuse. He made the request days after two California lawmakers did the same based on a Los Angeles Times’ article that the company has a database of 1,800 doctors who showed signs of dangerous prescribing, but has referred only 154 cases to authorities since 2002. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)