High Truths on Drugs and Addiction

High Truths on Drugs and Addiction is a podcast hosted by Dr. Roneet Lev, an emergency and addiction physician who has served at the White House and practices on the front lines. Each Monday new ...more

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November 28, 2022 01:11:59
Episode #101 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Jaime Puerta and V.O.I.D.

Episode #101 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Jaime Puerta and V.O.I.D.

Daniel Puerta is one of the way too many daily victims of illicit drugs, V.O.I.D. Did Daniel overdose, poisoned, or murdered? Listen to his father Jaime, president of V.O.I.D. who is turning Daniel's memory into action in saving other children. Jaime Puerta is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Puerta & Associates, Inc.; a small Interpreting business which specializes in furnishing Certified Interpreters to Attorney’s, Doctors and Courts working in the Workman’s Compensation field in the State of California. He resides in Santa Clarita, California, with his wife Claudia. Jaime is also the President of V.O.I.D., "Victims Of Illicit Drugs", a California 501C non-profit dedicated to educating parents and children of the dangers of illicit drug use, and also about the dangers that abound on social media platform. Jaime became involved in the fight against Fentanyl when his only son Daniel passed away due to Fentanyl Poisoning on April 6, 2020. Once he became involved, he immediately came to the conclusion that it was imperative to bring as many Fentanyl Advocacy and Awareness groups under one umbrella, noting that there is power in numbers; hence, the idea for a coalition came to light. Jaime is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast, and rides his motorcycles whenever time permits him to do so. Jaime is featured in the documentary Dead on Arrival   ...

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November 21, 2022 00:45:29
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Episode #100 High Truths on Drugs and Addition with Sara Whaley on Opioid Settlement Best Practices

Sara Whaley worked on a model to make sure opioid settlement dollars are distributed fairly and effectively. The  historic pattern with tobacco has been: Health Claims - Normalize Use - Health Harms - Lawsuits. Then again with Opioids: Health Claims - Normalize High Dose Use - Health Harms Lawsuits. Big Pharma will be paying $32 Billion for lying about the harms of chronic and high dose prescription opioids that killed people. Are lawsuit a deterrent for future public health lies or is lying about public health a good business model? What have we learned from tobacco settlement dollars that can be applied to opioid settlement dollars? Is Big Marijuana next to follow the pattern of Health Claims - Normalize Use - Health Harms and Lawsuits Sara Whaley, MSW, MPH, MA Sara Whaley is research faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is the Program Manager of the Bloomberg Overdose Prevention Initiative. Sara is a member of the team at JHSPH that coordinated the creation of the Principles for The Use of Funds From The Opioid Litigation and is a member of the Working Group that coordinates efforts to support state and local governments in the effective use of litigation dollars. She began her career providing direct service to individuals with behavioral health needs and those who use drugs. She brings this experience to her research and to projects providing technical assistance to state governments and local service providers. Her goal is to use data to inform effective policy that improves the health and well-being of individuals who use drugs and their families Resources: www.opioidprinciples.jhsph.edu https://www.opioidsettlementtracker.com/settlementspending https://www.nashp.org/how-states-administering-opioid-settlement-funds/   ...

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November 14, 2022 00:48:22
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Episode # 99 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Dr. Eric Wish and Drug Trends

Drug Trends are important for public health and public safety.  As a physician if there is a new disease such as COVID or Monkeypox, I need to knew the signs, symptoms and treatment. Similarly if there are new drugs and poisoning I need to be able to make the diagnosis and apply appropriate treatment. That is why find it important to work with law enforcement and our medical examiner who are the first to identify drug trends. Dr. Eric wish tracks drug trends nationally. Dr. Eric Wish received his Ph.D. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. He subsequently completed a NIDA post-doctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine. Between 1986 and 1990, Dr. Wish served as a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice in the Department of Justice, where he supervised the development and launching of the Drug Use Forecasting (DUF, later ADAM) program. In 2013, Dr. Wish developed the Community Drug Early Warning System (CDEWS), a new system for detecting emerging drugs by expanded testing of urine specimens obtained from criminal justice drug testing programs. In 2014, Dr. Wish received a 5 year award from NIH/NIDA to establish the Coordinating Center for the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). As part of NDEWS, he oversaw the Drug Outbreak Testing Service (DOTS) pilot study, which collected and analyzed urine specimens from hospitals and treatment facilities. Also, from 2017-2020, he served as Co-PI of the MPowering the State Initiative’s Opioid Use Disorders Project. As part of the MPower project, Dr. Wish led development of the Emergency Department Drug Surveillance (EDDS) ...

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November 07, 2022 00:54:12
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Episode #98 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Senator Melissa Melendez and Juli Shamesh on Tyler's Law - Fentanyl Testing

Tyler's Law, SB 864 is a California Law signed by Governor Newson in September 2022 that would require all hospitals to include fentanyl whenever a urine drug screen is ordered in a hospital setting. Most people who learn about the bill ask, "isn't that already happening?" Surprisingly, no. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that does not show up on routine hospital opiate screens. To detect fentanyl hospitals, need to purchase a specific fentanyl reagent that averages 75 cents a test. Watch Fox News Story on SB 864 Melissa Melendez was elected to represent California’s 28th Senate District in May 2020 Melissa Melendez represented California’s 67th Assembly District from 2012 to May 2020. She is a veteran of the United States Navy where she became fluent in Russian and one of the first women approved to fly aboard an EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft overseas. She served her country for ten years in the Navy, during the Cold War, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, Melissa started her own small business providing transcription services to high-level Pentagon officials. She was elected to serve on the Lake Elsinore City Council in 2008 where she also served as Mayor.  Melissa has her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Studies and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She lives in Lake Elsinore with her husband Nico, also a Navy veteran, and their five children. Juli Shamash is mother of Tyler who died of fentanyl after a negative drug screen at an emergency department. After Tyler's death Juli established the Drug Awareness Foundation to provide education and advocacy on drug deaths.   ...

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October 31, 2022 01:06:07
Episode #97 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Dr. William Lynch on Vaping

Episode #97 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Dr. William Lynch on Vaping

Is vaping helping people quit smoking or creating new smokers? In a simulation model, scientists calculated 3000 years of life gained in smokers who quit through vaping. They also calculated 1,500,000 years of life lost in teens and young adults who started vaping who otherwise would have never smoked. 3000 years gained verses 1.5 million year lost.  What a terrible public health choice. Dr. William Lynch discusses vaping. William J. Lynch Jr. received his pharmacy degree from Rutgers University and is a practicing clinical pharmacist with Jefferson Health System where he is a member of the Pain Management & Addiction Committee. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine. His pharmacy background includes over 35 years of clinical practice at Jefferson and Rowan and also as Adjunct Faculty Clinical Preceptor for Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy. He is a clinical scientific expert member of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, National Marijuana Initiative Speakers Bureau (ONDCP HIDTA NMI) and the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC). He is also a health care professional partner of the Keep Delaware Safe & Healthy Coalition, the State of Delaware Substance Abuse Epidemiological Outcomes Working Group and the Central Virginia Overdose Working Group. Bill serves as an Advisory Board Member with atTAcK addiction and is also a member of the Camden County New Jersey Addiction Awareness Task Force where he serves as the Education and Prevention Committee Co-Chair. He is a certified State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division ...

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October 24, 2022 00:59:12
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Episode #96 High Truths with Drugs and Addiction with Chris Ibanez and God's Kitchen and feeding the homeless

Chris lost everything and ended up in jail. There he discovered his love for cooking. He now feeds the "homeless", or who he calls the outside community. Chris's cooking is given for free and with love, with a taste that will challenge Phil's Bar-B-Q. Should you give the outside community money? How should you treat people who live outside?  Chris shares his opinion. Christopher Ibanez is the senior servant and administrator of God’s Kitchen, a mobile van that provides 200 home cooked meals for the outside community that challenges the taste of Phil’s BBQ. Chris refers to what some call the homeless, as his brothers and sisters. Chris has a BS in business management and organizational leadership. He is a recovered addict and author of the book 9:11: The House of Steel,  available on Amazon. ...

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