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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an organization designed to help those struggling with alcoholism to stop drinking and maintain sobriety. Founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the group was reported to have over 2 million members worldwide in 2015. And though AA is well known, and many members testify to its role in helping them, there is a great deal of debate among lay people and professionals about just how effective AA is. 

2016 was a year of change for addiction policy in the U.S., and this was especially true for marijuana regulations. In this “tipping point” year, medical marijuana became legal in over half of the states. And, there are now a total of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. 

Dr. Kong, Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, spoke during our Addiction Speaker Series about growing use of cigars among youth, which are not strictly regulated like tobacco products are in the U.S. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kong about her work.  

In his final State of the State address, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowed to spend his last year as governor aggressively and comprehensively fighting his state’s addiction crisis. Almost 1,600 people in New Jersey died from drug overdoses in 2015, a nearly 20 percent increase from 2014. Most of these deaths were from opioids.

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 Amy Schreiner, PhD, Associate Research Scientist and Coordinator of Prevention Programming at the Center.

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