19-01 Segment 1: Personality and Drug Abuse

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Drug and alcohol addiction and abuse is rising. Researchers have found that “fear mongering” educational efforts to combat it in adolescents doesn’t work. New science has discovered that certain personality types are predictably predisposed to addiction risk, and that educational efforts can be targeted to them effectively. Experts discuss.


  • Dr. Natalie Castellanos-Ryan, Assistant Professor of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal
  • Maia Szalavitz, author, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction 

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Synopsis: Few people are aware that the vehicle occupant most likely to be hurt in a crash is the one in the front passenger seat. Experts discuss why this occurs, the different injuries that can occur there, and many ways car occupants can protect themselves from injury.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Meghan Smeenge, injured in auto accident; Dr. David Pedley, consultant, accident and emergency medicine, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Scotland; Dr. Peter Cummings, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Washington; Dr. Elisa Braver, Adjunct Association Professor of Epidemiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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