Exploring Substances on 7/16's Late City Edition

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:00pm to 9:30pm

Tune in Thursday, June 16th, to hear two interviews concerning the use of various substances. The first interview is with Professor Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Professor Olfson conducted a study entitled, "Treatment of young people with antipsychotic medications in the United States," which found that though antipsychotic prescriptions had decreased in children and young children, there had been an increase in prescriptions among teenagers and young adults. Professor Olfson speaks with WKCR programmer Danielle Smith about the trends of antipsychotic medication among youth, the need for more education around the subject, and possible solutions for ensuring that adolescents are receiving the proper treatment. The second interview is with Professor Deborah Hasin, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Prof. Hasin speaks with Smith about two studies: "Epidemiology of DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorder" and "Medical Marijuana Laws and Adolescent Marijuana Use in the USA from 1991 to 2014." In regards to the first study, they discuss what constitutes DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorder, its trends and its treatment, and the need for greater public education. In regards to the second study, they discuss whether or not legalizing medical marijuana led to an increase in adolesscent marijuana use, the possible negative side effects of marijuana use in adolescents, and why such a study is important. Photosource: http://cumc.columbia.edu/about