Trapped: Understanding Addiction

Episode 14: Substance Use in the Elderly with Dr. Michael Fingerhood

February 07, 2022 Ahana Wokhlu Episode 14
Trapped: Understanding Addiction
Episode 14: Substance Use in the Elderly with Dr. Michael Fingerhood
Show Notes

In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Michael Fingerhood, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and Chief of the Division of Addiction Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Fingerhood explains why older individuals may develop a use disorder and how it can go unrecognized due to preconceived impressions of the elderly. He also reviews how to screen patients in a nonjudgmental way to identify individuals who use substances but may not be aware of the risks or may be ashamed to talk about their use. 

Dr. Fingerhood has created multiple community programs for the treatment of opioid use disorder and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has also received the Health Equity Leadership Award from the Baltimore City Health Department and has co-authored over 60 research papers.

Learn more about Dr. Fingerhood at https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/michael-fingerhood