The Dr. Oz Show - "What It’s Like To Have An Opioid Addiction"
Could marijuana be the secret weapon against heroin addiction? “Opioids are really beneficial for short term; we know that people can become addicted to an opioid prescription even after a week of using them. But people are given months and months of prescriptions,” said Yasmin Hurd, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, pharmacology, and systems therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, chair of Ward-Coleman translation neuroscience, and director of the Center for Addictive Disorders for the Mount Sinai Health System. Guest Michelle reveals how she became addicted to opiates and why she turned to medical marijuana. “I think that it’s about lack of knowledge in the public. People see marijuana and make judgements, and they don’t understand that there’s research, and we need more research to really be able to help people like Michelle,” Dr. Hurd added. The states where medical marijuana is legal, there is a 25 percent lower opioid overdose death rate.
- Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chair, Ward-Coleman Translational Neuroscience, Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders, Mount Sinai Health System