With opioids like morphine, Vicodin, Oxycontin and fentanyl contributing to “the worst drug epidemic in modern American history,” Bob Stutman, former head of the DEA’s New York office, was stunned when the FDA approved a new drug called Dsuvia, an opioid 1,000 times stronger than morphine…100 times stronger than heroin…and 10 times stronger than fentanyl. So why did the FDA approve it? How will it be used? And how will it affect our society? According to Bob, even though the FDA says that it won’t, “This is going to become available on the streets very quickly, and it makes heroin look like a kiddie drug.” Bottom Line President Sarah Hiner gets all the details from Bob in this episode of the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast.
Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski is a former court judge and Metro Detroit felony prosecutor with a perfect trial record. She currently serves as the federal chief consultant of Switalski Law & Consulting and is a partner at the Stutman Switalski Group. She is working feverishly to help reverse the most devastating drug epidemic in American history…the opioid crisis.
In this episode of the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast, Jodi joins Bottom Line president Sarah Hiner to discuss what she has coined the “unwellness epidemic”—which shifts the focus from strictly opioids and addiction and to the bigger picture—that substance abuse, mental health issues and violence are directly related to a society that talks about being healthy but actually is culturally ailing. Listen in as Sarah and Jodi discuss how parenting, health-care practices, big Pharma, social media and other factors are contributing to some of this crisis.
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When, Where and How Kids Are Being Exposed to Drugs
The current drug epidemic is not happening in the dark alleys with society’s outcasts playing the featured role, as has happened in the past. Today’s addicts are good kids and good neighbors. Kids are being exposed to drugs at an alarmingly high rate, and according to Bob Stutman, former head of the DEA’s New York office, parents have never been more oblivious to and naïve about what’s really going on.
In this episode, Bob joins Bottom Line President Sarah Hiner to chronicle where and how kids are being subjected to drugs. In almost every case, it’s not the local drug dealer…it’s a brother, sister, cousin or best friend. It’s somebody who they love and respect. It’s common practice to preach, “Say no to drugs.” What was never taught? How to say no to drugs.
Listen in as leading expert, Jodi Debbrecht Switalski talks about the effects of marijuana legalization on the workplace!
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The Stutman Switalski Group is the nation’s premier speaking and consulting organization on the drug abuse epidemic and what can be done. Bob and Jodi are frequent guests on television and radio and provide over a hundred presentations annually across the country and internationally. To learn more, visit our Workplace Programs or contact us at 716-969-2579. Be the Change. Do Something!
Bob Stutman, former head of the DEA’s New York office and one of the nation’s top experts on drug usage, was once told by a doctor, “The day I got out of my residency, I was no longer a physician…I was a business man.” This may not be true of every doctor, but it shines a light on one of the larger issues contributing to the worst drug epidemic in modern history—the pressure on doctors to treat patients with prescription pads rather than with safer, cheaper alternatives.
In this podcast, Bottom Line CEO Sarah Hiner talks with Bob about this cultural shift in drug use, addiction, and its implications. It falls on us to educate ourselves and ask the questions—why is this still happening…and what steps can we take to shift the culture away from drug dependence and bring an end to the opioid crisis? As Bob says in this podcast, “It’s far more than a drug epidemic…it’s a culture-changing epidemic.”
This interview was originally aired on the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast.
We are proud to announce that out of hundreds of retired DEA Agents, Bob Stutman has been selected as a leading spokesperson for The DEA Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse through advocacy, outreach and educational programs.
Bob provided a powerful presentation on “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action” at a recent DEA Educational Foundation Benefit Reception in Beverly Hills. Learn more