In This Episode
The U.S. is experiencing the worst opioid drug epidemic in its history, and the epidemic has been largely created and propagated by physicians overprescribing painkillers. Drug overdose has become the #1 cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing motor vehicle accidents with over 47,000 lethal overdoses in 2014. President Barack Obama has declared the prescription pill epidemic a greater threat to the United States than terrorism.
About Our Guest
Dr. Anna Lembke, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the Program Director for the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and the Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
She has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals. She is also the author of the wildly popular book: “Drug Dealer MD: How Doctors were Duped, How Patients got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.”