At Drug Talk, we talk a little about the science of addiction and its treatment, and we talk a lot about what it’s like to use drugs, recover from drug use, and treat drug-related disorders. We interview people with relevant knowledge: people who use drugs, care providers, professionals, and researchers. In doing so we connect addiction research and the human experience.
Our host, Michelle Peavy, has spent her professional life straddling the addiction research/addiction treatment worlds: she’s a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience treating substance use disorder, and currently a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute.
Adolescents with Opioid Use Disorder
It’s hard not to feel concern about teens who use opioids: their stage in life, brain development, and social lives makes them vulnerable to naïvely using strong opioids and experiencing overdose.
In this episode, Paul Barry, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Trainer at the UW’s AIMS Center (Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences), helps us take a look at what’s happening with adolescents who use opioids and the treatment options available. Paul highlights the joy of working with youth, and together we wonder “what are we waiting for?” in terms of expanding effective and evidence-based treatment for adolescents with an opioid use disorder.
It’s a fun, joyful, and optimistic conversation about a difficult topic.
More detailed information can be found in the infobrief we refer to in the podcast, Understanding and Supporting Adolescents with an Opioid Use Disorder.
Great chat, I look forward to the next episode
Great first episode!
Important topic, engaging speaker and knowledgeable host. Sound quality was tinny during the interview (but not during the intro). Looking forward to future episodes!