Bob Stutman, former head of the DEA’s New York office and one of the nation’s top experts on drug usage, was once told by a doctor, “The day I got out of my residency, I was no longer a physician…I was a business man.” This may not be true of every doctor, but it shines a light on one of the larger issues contributing to the worst drug epidemic in modern history—the pressure on doctors to treat patients with prescription pads rather than with safer, cheaper alternatives.
In this podcast, Bottom Line CEO Sarah Hiner talks with Bob about this cultural shift in drug use, addiction, and its implications. It falls on us to educate ourselves and ask the questions—why is this still happening…and what steps can we take to shift the culture away from drug dependence and bring an end to the opioid crisis? As Bob says in this podcast, “It’s far more than a drug epidemic…it’s a culture-changing epidemic.”
This interview was originally aired on the Bottom Line Advocator Podcast.
We are proud to announce that out of hundreds of retired DEA Agents, Bob Stutman has been selected as a leading spokesperson for The DEA Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse through advocacy, outreach and educational programs.
Bob provided a powerful presentation on “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action” at a recent DEA Educational Foundation Benefit Reception in Beverly Hills. Learn more