Designer Drugs: A New Look at Some Old (and Not So Old) Drugs

Join us May 30, 2018 for “Designer Drugs: A New Look at Some Old (and Not So Old) Drugs.” Panelists will discuss new medical applications for common drugs of abuse. “Club Drugs” including nitrous oxide, ketamine, and MDMA are seeing increasing use by medical doctors as treatments for conditions like depression and PTSD, despite their not being approved for such use by the FDA. The panelists will talk about the abuse of these drugs and their research into new, legitimate uses.

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Ketamine, widely used legally as an anesthetic and illegally in club settings is emerging as a potential new treatment for some types of depression. Dr. Gerard Sanacora—Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine—will share his research on Ketamine and its uses in treating depression.

Dental patients are familiar with Nitrous Oxide, popularly known as “laughing gas.” Dr. Charles Conway—Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis—will discuss his research on Nitrous Oxide and the potential for it and other drugs of abuse to be used as treatments for depression.

Dr. Jean Lud Cadet—Chief of the Molecular Neuropsychiatry Research Branch and Associate Director for Diversity and Outreach at the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of NIDA—will discuss the potential use and abuse of MDMA, Methamphetamine, and other drugs for PTSD and other psychiatric diatheses.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be lived streamed at www.deamuseum.org/lecture-designer-drugs-2018.

Auditorium, DEA Headquarters
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Contact the DEA Museum at (202) 307-3463 for more information

Panelists

  • Mark S. Gold, MD (Moderator)
    Chairman of Rivermend Health’s Scientific Advisory Boards
  • Gerard Sanacora, PhD, MD
    Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Yale Depression Research Program; Co-Director, Yale New Haven Hospital Interventional Psychiatry Service
    Topic: “Ketamine for Depression”
  • Charles Conway, MD
    Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
    Topic: “Laughing Gas and Other Drugs of Abuse Used As Treatments for Depression”
  • Jean Lud Cadet, MD
    Chief of the Molecular Neuropsychiatry Research Branch and Associate Director for Diversity and Outreach at the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of NIDA
    Topic: “Potential use and abuse of MDMA, Methamphetamine, and other drugs for PTSD and other psychiatric diatheses”