News Mentions for the week of May 8, 2023
Our experts are often called upon to provide insight on current events and topics in the news. Here are some of the articles Stanford Psychiatry faculty have been interviewed for in recent weeks.
- Psychiatric News Alert - APA
Congressional Briefing Emphasizes Actions Necessary to Address Substance Use Disorder Crisis
Smita Das, chair of APA’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry and clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was among a panel of experts who spoke to members of Congress and their staffs on Wednesday about the addiction crisis in this country and what actions Congress can take to address it.
- Los Angeles Times
'No child should be dying': Fentanyl-related deaths among kids rising, Yale study says
Fentanyl-related deaths among children increased more than 30-fold between 2013 and 2021 in the U.S., according to a study by the Yale School of Medicine. Trends among teens mirror those seen in adult opioid misuse, according to the study. There was a nearly threefold increase in deaths among older adolescents between 2018 and 2021. Most deaths (89.6%) were among adolescents aged 15 to 19 years. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted in the article about the results.
- KFF Health News
Legal Pot Is More Potent Than Ever — And Still Largely Unregulated
As marijuana has become far more mainstream, potent, and sometimes dangerous, uneven regulation at the state and federal levels leaves consumers at risk. Smita Das, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
- Toronto Sun
OPINION: A third way on addiction policy
As death rates have climbed, the crime, disorder and wider social impact of the addiction crisis in Canadian cities has started to get federal attention. But drug policy seems stuck in a polarized debate between a war on drugs versus complete laxness about their availability and harms. We need a “third way.” Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, coauthors this opinion piece.
- KCBS Radio: On-Demand
US Surgeon General warns loneliness can be detrimental to health
A health advisory issued by the US Surgeon General reveals Americans need to spend more time with each other. David Spiegel, Willson Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
Meet Diem, the AI-Powered 'Social Search Engine' Meant To Feel Like Your Friend Group Chat
Diem blends the power of AI with the personalization of intel sourced directly from its women and non-binary users to create a friendly, informative knowledge hub. Nina Vasan, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.