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The 2014 Schonfeld Award Lecture - Emerging Drugs of Abuse: From Ecstasy to Bath Salts, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Beyond

Date: May 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Presentation


Petros Levounis, MD, MA

Sponsored by: The NYAM Section on Psychiatry and the New York Society for Adolescent Psychiatry

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Use of new synthetic drugs among adolescents has emerged as a phenomenon of the Internet age. New designer drugs produced in clandestine laboratories are labeled as household products and are deceptively marketed as “legal highs” over the World Wide Web. The most prominent of these substances are the synthetic cathinones, known in the United States as “bath salts,” and the synthetic cannabinoids marketed as “Spice” and “K2.” Along with the resurgence of ecstasy as “Molly” and other club drugs, these novel drugs of abuse have created a dangerous environment for our teenagers and a challenging new reality for our clinicians and policy makers.

About the Speaker(s)

Petros Levounis, MD, MA, is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Chief of Service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Prior to Rutgers, Dr. Levounis was on the faculty of New York University and Columbia University, where he served as Director of the Addiction Institute of New York and Chief of Addiction Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals from 2002 to 2013.

Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied Chemistry and Biophysics as a combined BS/MS student, before receiving his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he researched the effects of social class on patient-physician relationships in Oxford, England, and received an MA degree in Sociology from Stanford.

Dr. Levounis graduated from the Columbia University residency training program earning the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award and went on to complete his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York University.

Dr. Levounis has published numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters; has lectured extensively on addiction topics throughout the United States and abroad; has been interviewed by all the major TV networks; and has authored and edited several books.  Dr. Levounis is currently working on “The Behavioral Addictions,” an innovative book that includes re-enactment video clips played by Rutgers NJMS medical students.


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