“We have flooded the planet with opiate prescriptions and what we have now is the fastest growing epidemic…in fact it is a pandemic of opiate abuse.” 

In the United States today, over 80 Americans die of opiate abuse every day. This is more than car accidents or gun violence.

It is shocking and something that we must deal with.” 

Dr. Yasmin Hurd is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacological Sciences as well as the Ward Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, USA.

She is an internationally renowned scientist whose translational research examines the neurobiology of drug abuse and related psychiatric disorders. Dr. Hurd is highly published in the field in high impact journals and leads a team of investigators in molecular biology, behavioral neuropharmacology, genetics and neuroimaging to study the human brain as well as translational animal models.

A significant focus of  Dr. Hurd’s research relates to the effects of cannabis and heroin on the brain. Her pre-clinical research is complemented with clinical laboratory investigations evaluating the therapeutic potential of novel medications such as the use of specific phytocannabinoids in the treatment of psychiatric disorders including opioid abuse, where she has pioneered studies about the effects of cannabidiol on addiction.

In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Hurd is the Director for the Center for Addictive Disorders within the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System which covers one of the largest addiction populations in the USA providing clinical care supported by science-based medicine and advanced state-of-the-art research.

It was an honor to have her on our stage and learn from her wisdom and experience. In this presentation, Dr. Hurd shares a bit about what opened her to the idea of cannabis and therapy and potential treatment for opiate addiction, what lead to down this research path and offers a glimmer of hope for the opiate crisis.

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