Neuroscience journalist and health writer for TIME magazine
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Last year, the Veterans Administration dropped its policy of prohibiting opioid prescribing to medical marijuana patients in states where it is legal. But even if private physicians wish to permit medical marijuana use among pain patients, it poses a legal risk. Cannabis use can be construed as a 'red flag' that was missed, if the patient turns out to be misusing drugs. Doctors can be criminally prosecuted if they are fooled by such patients.
Considering the risks posed by the two types of drugs, the current legal situation makes no sense. Cracking down on medical marijuana while trying to fight overdose is not only a waste of money, but it may also be... actively counterproductive."
"Could Medical Marijuana Reduce Patients’ Need for Opioid Painkillers?," healthland.time.com, Dec. 12, 2011
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Neuroscience journalist, published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Newsday, New York Magazine, New Scientist, Newsweek, Salon, Redbook, O: the Oprah Magazine, the New York Daily News, the Village Voice, Brill’s Content, Cerebrum, Huffington Post, 60 Second Science (Scientific American blog), etc.
"Study: Whites More Likely to Abuse Drugs Than Blacks," healthland.time.com, Nov. 7, 2011
"Study: Legal Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Encourage Kids to Smoke More Pot," healthland.time.com, Nov. 3, 2011
"Marijuana's Memory Paradox," health.msn.com, Mar. 4, 2011
"Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die," healthland.time.com, Oct. 29, 2010
Cowritten with Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered, 2010
Cowritten with Brent W. Jeffs, Lost Boy, 2009
"The Federalization of Medicine," reason.com, Oct. 3, 2007
"Media Marijuana Mania Part Duh," www.huffingtonpost.com, July 31, 2007
Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, 2006
Cowritten with Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing, 2006
"In Defense of Happy Pills," Reason magazine, Oct. 2005
Cowritten with Joseph Volpicelli, MD, PhD, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide: How You and Your Loved Ones Can Understand and Treat Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, 2000
Lives in New York, NY
"I actually am a former addict myself. I was a cocaine and heroin addict in my 20s. And I was surprised -- during my using I learned one set of myths about drugs. In rehab I was taught another set of myths about drugs. And it wasn't until I actually read the research myself that I realized that almost everything I had known was wrong. So I became fascinated by this, and became fascinated by why we persistently view this area in such a bizarre way." Maia Szalavitz, quoted by Brian Montopoli in "Maia Szalavitz on Media Coverage of Drugs and Alcohol," www.cbsnews.com, July 17, 2007