Discussing Drug Addiction and Overdose with Michael Krasny, Vitka Eisen and David Sheff

Many radio call-in shows are cringeworthy, but between Michael Krasny’s matchless skills as a host and the high quality of the calls from San Francisco Bay Area listeners, KQED Forum is a cut way above the norm. Following on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, Vitka Eisen, David Sheff and I talked with Michael about drug addiction, drug treatment and health care policy. I was most struck by the callers who movingly described their own past or current struggles with addiction and by those who told stories of frighteningly careless prescribing of opioids by health care professionals.


Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.