This week on MD for Moms, I interview opens in a new windowDr. Mina Hah, Addiction and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, about drugs of abuse. 17% of high school students are smoking cigarettes, drinking or using a drug of abuse during the school day. The most common drugs used are marijuana, prescription drugs such as opioids, cocaine, and ecstasy. Use of these drugs of abuse in maturing brains can cause life-long damage. Marijuana legalization gives the appearance of safety, yet there are various strains and forms that are anything but healthy and safe. How can parents prevent their children from using drugs and what are identifiable risk factors and pitfalls to be aware of?
The opioid crisis is sadly worsening with no clear end in sight; Dr. Hah will explore the origins of this issue, possible ways to address the problem and how parents can reduce the chance their children start using in the future. Where is the line between useful medication for pain control and drug of abuse? Who is to blame for the epidemic of opioid overdose and death and how can we as a society get control over this issue without demonizing pain patients who take these medications for control of their symptoms?
Alcoholism is more common than most of us realize. What defines alcohol misuse versus abuse? If one glass of red wine is healthy, when does drinking a bit too much become a problem? How can people who frequently drink one or two too many safely cut back on their alcohol intake? Dr. Hah will explain the answers to these questions and many more on this week’s MD for Moms.
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Learn more about my guest, Dr. Mina Hah:
Dr. Mina Hah graduated from Columbia University and completed her medical training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and a research fellowship at Stanford University. Areas of research included the study of genetic risk factors for suicide in the pediatric bipolar population as well as depression in the autism spectrum population.
Dr. Hah haspresented her work at the APA and AACAP, and has published in the field of bipolar disorders and autism spectrum disorders. She was the attending supervisor for Stanford psychiatry residents and medical students at the Palo Alto VA and at Children’s Health Council. At the Palo Alto VA, she led the dual diagnosis unit and at Children’s Health Council, she headed the ADHD clinic, provided school consultations and outpatient care. She was an invited speaker at the Stanford Pediatric Psychopharmacology Conference for ADHD case series and the Stanford Autism Working Group for the Presentation of Depression and Anxiety in Autism.
Dr. Hah was an Assistant Professor at UC Davis and served as the Co-Instructor of
record for the psychiatry course for medical students, the adolescent course for child
and adolescent psychiatry fellows, and the CBT course for residents. At UC Davis,
she was the site PI of an international clinical trial at the MIND examining the role of
a vasopressin antagonist for the treatment of patients with autism.
Dr. Hah was Chief of Staff, Quality Management Director, and the Dual Diagnosis
Unit Director of Heritage Oaks Hospital, an acute-care 125 bed psychiatric hospital
in Sacramento, California. Currently, Dr. Hah is the Medical Director of Adult Services for Sutter Center For Psychiatry in Sacramento, CA.