Listen to Dr. Sack’s interview on America Weekend below. The segment included talking points on addiction and mental health awareness month and the stigma of receiving treatment, porn addiction via technology, food addiction: including sugar addiction and caffeine, addiction via technology across the board including online sports gambling and what signs should be looked for when trying to spot addiction. The segment also included touching on addiction and policies with regards to cost of addictive products such as nicotine and the government and insurance being held accountable for enforcing these parody law. Lastly, the interview discussed presidential candidates and the topic of addiction.
Listen to Dr. Sack’s recent interview from Good Day Doug Stephan’s Show which focused on World Mental Health Day (October 10th) and touched upon Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton focusing her campaign platform on treating addiction and doing so with a $10 billion plan.
In a radio segment titled “Turning off the Worry” featured on The Matt Townsend Show on BYU Radio, Dr. Sack discusses the programs offered at Elements’ treatment centers for people who deal with depression and anxiety and how some may turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with these issues. Dr. Sack also goes through the ten different points from his article on Psychology Today. Listen to the entire segment online.
In a radio segment titled “Finding Help With Your ADD,” which aired on Bloomberg Radio, Dr. Sack discusses ADHD and the topic of drug therapy and young children. Dr. Sack also advises on how to evaluate children, explaining it’s not reliable to use only one test to make a diagnosis. Dr. Sack talks about how there needs to be better training for pediatricians who have limited experience so they can be better equipped to make an assessment before putting a child on medicine. Listen to the entire segment online.
In an article titled “Death From Prescription Drugs Skyrocket” featured in Union Times San Diego, Dr. Sack discusses the 254 deaths in San Diego County last year that resulted from an overdose of prescription drugs. Dr. Sack lists out and explains the three types of prescription drugs that people tend to overdose, which include Opioids, Benzodiazepines and Stimulants. Dr. Sack explains that abuse often starts once someone is prescribed a drug, and that because these drugs can be habit-forming, people can quickly spiral out of control. Dr. Sack notes that prescription drugs are seen as providing an exceptional high while being both ‘safer’ than street drugs and easier to find, but in reality, these drugs aren’t safer at all. Read the entire article online.
In ESPN’s “New York Sports and Beyond” segment, Dr. Sack spoke about domestic violence issues among NFL athletes and society as a whole. Dr. Sack explained why partner violence occurs as well as its origins, noting that it often stems from an abusive family history. Dr. Sack also talked about warning signs to be on the lookout for and gave advice on how to help family and friends that may be in a violent relationship. Dr. Sack explained that increased education and communication holds the key to raising awareness for domestic violence, as well as better preparing people for what can happen in an unhealthy relationship. Listen to the interview online, or click below.
Codeine and promethazine are the primary ingredients of Sizzurp. The effects of Sizzurp are sedation, euphoria, and dizziness and can be very dangerous when mixed with other medicines. Listen to Dr. Sack talk more about the dangers of Sizzurp and why the risk of death is very real in this interview with BBC UK Radio 5 Live.
Dr. Sack recently spoke on-air with Madeleine Brand of NPR’s KCRW-FM during the ‘Press Play’ program. The segment on “Personal Overdose Device” discussed the FDA’s recent approval of Evzio, the first hand-held auto-injector to reverse opioid overdose. Evzio is specifically designed to be given by family members or caregivers instead of medical professionals.
Dr. Sack explains that Naloxone, a drug that has been around for 25 years and blocks the effects of opiate drugs, previously had to be administered by someone with medical training. With Evzio, Naloxone can now be self-administrated, or can be quickly used by a non-professional, in time to save someone’s life during an overdose. Dr. Sack also talks about the symptoms of an overdose and some of the reasons behind the rise of overdoses over the past decades.
One of the biggest points of conversation was whether or not this new drug will “allow” or “encourage” people to do more drugs. Dr. Sack explains that the first part is breaking through denial. People are not choosing to use drugs based on “how safe the drugs are” and notes that we are in an overdose epidemic now.
Listen to the segment below.
Dr. Sack appeared in a segment on America Now News discussing the rise of prescription drug addiction among women. America Now News is a daily television magazine program hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, featuring “news you can really use” on lifestyle topics such as health, diet, family and pets.
Dr. Sack explains how addiction to pain medications is an epidemic and the reason why women are more vulnerable to prescription medication abuse is because they have an higher incidence of depression and anxiety disorders. Dr. Sack talks about warning signs to look out for including sudden irresponsibility, excessive drowsiness, irritability, or losing pills and running out early. Dr. Sack recommends talking to their doctor directly and sharing what the problems are with the medications they are using.