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.
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.
In this HER Radio segment with Dr. Pamela Peeke, Dr. Sack explains that everyday activities that you may find to be therapeutic (like shopping, tanning, or exercising) have the potential to become just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. Dr. Sack then talks about how your gender, genes, family upbringing, and mental health issues all increase your risk of developing a dependency. He also shares how you can seek proper treatment. Listen to the entire show below:
Dr. Sack talked to WGN-TV in Chicago about dealing with addictions during the holidays. The segment covered four components:
- Knowing the line between over indulging and mental illness
- Warning signs that friend and relatives should watch out for
- What loved ones can do for an addict who refuses to get help
- How do you get someone to change their ways if there is a genetic issue?
Watch the interview below
In a report on CBSNews.com about the latest CDC findings that painkiller overdose deaths by women are up 400% over the last decade Dr. Sack explains “that there was a push to treat pain symptoms 40 years ago, which increased the frequency of painkiller prescription. He said people feel comfortable using prescription drugs because they come from pharmacies and doctors, but do not realize they can have devastating effects if used together or if someone takes too many.” Read more at CBSNews.com.
In “Opiate overdose deaths ‘skyrocketed’ in women” Dr. Sack says that “unlike illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine, prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl have a patina of legitimacy, people assume that because it’s prescribed by a doctor, it’s safe. Most of the fatalities aren’t on a single medicine. It’s a mix of medicines and that’s why when you mix alcohol and opiate drugs, it’s a deadly combination.” Read the full article at InlandNewsToday.com.