When Painkillers Become Dangerous with Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew Pinsky was the final speaker for the 2013-14 Project Dialogue Season. On Thursday, March 20th at 7:30pm in the Student Life Center Ballrooms, Pinsky spoke on “When Painkillers Become Dangerous.”
In a laid back style, Dr. Pinsky began speaking of addiction and the root causes. Taking questions from the audience throughout, the discussion ranged from addiction to alcohol abuse, from prescription drug abuse to the current “hook-up” culture, and from legalization of marijuana to current medical practices. Filled with thought provoking facts, laughter and stories, Dr. Pinsky won over the crowd from the first moment. Having his personality shine through, members of the audience trusted him and shared their own personal addiction stories. Letting the audience guide the way, the talk reached every person in attendance. Staying long after to sign books, take photos and discuss further, Dr. Drew was more than a TV personality to visit our campus, he became a trusted friend.
Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing physician, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and a member of the staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Pinsky is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
In December 2010 Dr. Drew Pinsky joined HLN as the host of his own nightly show Dr. Drew On Call where he continues to attract audiences and explores what makes people do what they do. Dr. Drew is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline where he has been taking calls from listeners about love, sex and relationships since for over 25 years.
Pinsky hosts the Dr. Drew Podcast, which is currently the #1 podcast on iTunes for Health and Wellness. Dr. Drew also co-hosts the Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast with his former Loveline co-host Adam Carolla.
Pinsky starred in the hit reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew which chronicled the struggle for sobriety and the cycle of addictive disorders of a group of celebrities. The sixth installment of the series Rehab with Dr. Drew followed the real-life experiences of everyday people who are struggling with addiction as they undergo detoxification and treatment.
Pinsky is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America(Harper-Collins) and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins). Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality(Elsevier) and received worldwide press coverage. He is currently working on his next book Recovering Intimacy (Atria) which will be out in 2013.
Dr Pinsky received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his M.D. from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, he remained at USC for his residency. Pinsky then became chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been appointed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians (FACP).
Pinsky lives in Pasadena, California with his wife Susan and has triplets attending various universities.