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This week, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse released a report, Understanding and Addressing Food Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy, Practice and Research, which explores the ways in which our knowledge of the causes, mechanisms and consequences of substance addiction might help to improve our understanding and approach to a critical challenge facing our nation: unhealthy and excessive eating.

School administrators are charged with ensuring a safe, supportive, and healthy school environment where children can learn and reach their full potential. This includes taking measures to prevent tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students. Historically, schools turned to prevention programs like D.A.R.E., but research shows that D.A.R.E. doesn’t work. Instead of supporting the implementation of proven prevention practices, some administrators have turned to a more punitive and controversial approach: drug testing students.

New trends continue to emerge in the food and beverage arena, but this one caught us by surprise. It’s called breathable alcohol and is essentially a cocktail cloud that causes people to become intoxicated 40 percent faster than a standard drink. 

As part of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Stephen Ross, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center, discussed his latest findings on using psilocybin to reduce the psychological effects and severe stress that many advanced stage cancer patients face. We spoke with Dr. Ross to hear a little bit more about this fascinating area of research.

Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to get to know the staff at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Today we’d like to introduce Molly Bobek, L.C.S.W., Senior Research Associate.

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