Interview with Addiction Expert Charles P. O’Brien

It’s National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and who better to talk about current research and reasons for hope than addiction expert (and Dana grantee) Charles P. O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D.?

Dr. O’Brien is the Vice Chair and Kenneth Appel Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and is an advocate of using medication to treat addiction. He is currently working with parolees who have a history of opiate addiction and relapse to examine the effectiveness of the medication naltrexone, a drug originally developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the 1970s as a treatment for heroin addiction.

He discusses his research and opinions on the state of addiction treatment in the interview, “Ignorance and the Undertreatment of Addiction: Lessons from Prison.”

–Ann L. Whitman

2 responses

  1. It is indeed true that people who are running rehabilitation programs are unqualified non-medical professionals, which may advise patients wrongly about their medication.

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