Weekly Infusion

This multi-part written series of articles is now available in podcast form. Dr. Drew reads “A History of Opium,” which includes additional commentary from recognized experts (available only in this version). A previous Weekly Infusion podcast with Internal Medicine/ Addiction specialists Dr. Drew and Dr. Bruce Heischober welcome a variety of guests and explore topics ranging from everyday health issues, to the latest medical breakthroughs and treatments, to incredible stories of the ER.
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Mar 20, 2019

It is widely believed that the Civil War created a legion of opium addicts, but some experts think otherwise.  Drug historian and The Age of Addiction author, Dr. David Courtwright, joins us this week to discuss this period in history, as well as the first incident of iatrogenic addiction (addiction caused by physicians) in the United States, and the widespread use of patent medicines that was taking the nation by storm.

This episode is sponsored by True Recovery.

Mar 6, 2019

Learn which of America’s founding fathers used opium derivatives, what caused the Chinese Opium Wars and how a young German chemist became the first person to isolate the chemical that would eventually be known as morphine.  Expert Kenaz Filan provides additional historical insight.

This episode is sponsored by True Recovery.

Feb 28, 2019

Alexander the Great had a pivotal role in bringing the opium poppy to Asia and India.  Expert Kenaz Filan weighs in on some of the flower’s more interesting medical applications during antiquity. 

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Feb 20, 2019

Opioids and the problems they cause are in the headlines daily, but this drug’s global impact actually began thousands of years ago.  In this series, “The History of Opium,” we will explore the substance’s first known use in antiquity and work our way up to the current crisis.  Our first installment features excerpts from an interview with author Kenaz Filan, whose book, The Power of the Poppy: Harnessing Nature’s Most Dangerous Ally,” chronicles some of the earliest uses of papaver somniferum, aka the opium poppy.  

This episode is sponsored by True Recovery.  If you or someone you care for is dealing with addiction, you know that finding a treatment option that works for you can be extremely frustrating. The truth is, every patient’s needs are different - and constantly evolving.


And now, presents “The History of Opium,”



This episode is presented by True Recovery,

Jan 10, 2018

Drs. Drew and Bruce tackle the topic of hair loss and discuss the most current treatments.  They are joined by Bill Edwards, CEO of Regenix, who talks about the regimen that Susan Pinsky is finding success with, and hair replacement surgeon, Dr. Parsa Mohebi.  Later, they speak with dermatologist Abel Torres MD/JD, Professor and Chairman of Dermatology at Linda Loma School Of Medicine and dermatologist Dr. Hal Weitzbuch who has successfully treated his alopecia patient, Max, with steroid injections and platelet rich plasma. Get 15 percent off a starter kit at Regenix when you mention Drdrew at checkout. 

This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte.

Nov 30, 2017

Pathologist Nicole Angemi shares some of her favorite stories from the pathology lab and then challenges Dr. Drew and Dr. Bruce to a round of Mystery Diagnosis. Find Nicole at @Mrs_Angemi on Instagram! See the live video and photos on YouTube/Drdrew and play along! 

This episode is sponsored by Alliant University CSP.

Nov 15, 2017

Steve Kardian, self defense expert and author of THE NEW SUPER POWER FOR WOMEN, breaks down the mind of a predator and teaches women how to recognize them and protect themselves in vulnerable situations. Elizabeth Smart: Questions Answered: with host Dr. Drew Pinsky airs Nov 20 at 10 p.m. after the two part special Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography on A&E.  Go to The Elizabeth Smart Foundation for more details about bringing hope and ending victimization through prevention, recovery and advocacy. 

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Nov 7, 2017

Drew welcomes the popular host of You Are Not So Smart Podcast David McRaney to the show. They discuss the Dunning-Kruger Effect, flat-earthers, the backfire effect and much more.

This episode is sponsored by Alliant International University School of psychology and mental health, education and teaching, business and management, and law and forensics. for details.

Nov 1, 2017

Dr. Omid Hamid, who is at the forefront of this research, shares the latest news of how he and scientists are making incredible advancements in the treatment melanoma with a variety of groundbreaking therapies.  

This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte and Alliant University CSP.

Oct 25, 2017

Duke University Pediatric Neuro-oncologist, Dr. Henry Friedman talks about the latest research and treatments for brain cancers.  Included is a discussion of his colleague, Matthias Gromeier, who is successfully using the polio virus to treat the most virulent brain tumors.

You can find Dr. Freidman at the PRESTON ROBERT TISCH TUMOR CENTER. This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte and Alliant CSP.

This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte and Alliant CSP.

Oct 18, 2017
Mass murder expert, Dr. Jonathan Metzl shares his insight about what drives a person to commit a heinous act like the shooting in Las Vegas. 


This Episode is sponsored by Hydralyte and Alliant University CSP.

Oct 11, 2017

Five-time World Champion boxer, Mia St. John shares her passion for helping the mentally ill homeless people and the unique strategies that she and her foundation use to help those who are suffering from it.

This Episode is Sponsored by Hydralyte and Alliant University CSP.



Oct 4, 2017

Distinguished neuroscientist talks about his ground-breaking work with Phantom Limb Syndrome, Capgras Syndrome and visual psychophysics.

This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte.

Sep 25, 2017

Actress Tawny Kitaen joins Dr. Drew to discuss her thirty year odyssey with breast implants.  Implant-free now, she is on a crusade to help women understand the implications of choosing implants.  Plastic surgeon, Dr. Elliott Hirsch is on hand to share his expertise.

 This Episode is sponsored by Hydralyte.

Sep 20, 2017

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!  Dr. Matthew Rettig of UCLA's David Geffin School of Medicine is here on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to educate us on prostate health and share all the latest research regarding prostate cancer.

For more information visit #savethemales

This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte.

Sep 13, 2017
Botched Star, Revision & Ethnic Rhinoplasty Specialist Dr. Paul Nassif joins Dr. Drew to discuss the intricacies of performing facial plastic surgery, advancements in the field and some of his most challenging cases. @DrPaulNassif 
Sponsored by Hydralyte


Aug 23, 2017

Mary Roach, author of Grunt: The Curious Science Of Humans At War
is a bestselling pop science writer and joins us to talk about orgasms, beer aroma wheels, attending mediumship school and a host of other interesting topics!.

Sponsored by Click on the Hydralyte banner at and use the DREWHY code at checkout for 30 percent off today! 

Aug 16, 2017

Pathology Assistant Nicole Angemi returns to discuss the stigmas associated mental illness and the difficulties that many people face while seeking treatment for it.  She talks about her own diagnosis of bi-polar disorder and her experiences with the condition.

Can Dr Drew and Dr Bruce guess one of her mystery diagnosis??

This episode is sponsored by Alliant University CSP and Hydralyte.

Aug 7, 2017

Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Lisa Palmer join Drew for an in-depth discussion on Emotionally Focused Therapy and ways it can be applied to our everyday lives oaths crossover Dr. Drew Podcast 15.  The three of them then take calls on single parenting, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sponsored by Hydralyte and Alliant University CSP.




Aug 2, 2017

Dr. Joel Salinas. professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, has mirror touch synesthesia, a perceptual condition that affects his senses to the point where he experiences the painful physical sensations of his patients. 

Sponsored by and



Jul 26, 2017

Dr. Jill Weimer discusses her work on the extremely rare Batten's Disease, a neurodegenerative disease that affects children.  Chris Velona joins to discuss his son Sebastian's experience with the illness and his goal to eventually find a cure. for more. 

This episode is sponsored by Alliant University.

Jul 19, 2017


Human personality expert, Dr. Brian R. Little, discusses his new book, Who Are You, Really? and describes how "personal projects" influence our lives and can help us to flourish.
Sponsored by Alliant University so go to and click on the banner for more details.
Jul 12, 2017
Dr. Monica Laronda discusses how her team successfully 
3D printed bioprosthetic ovaries that enable sterile mice to give birth and how this technology might eventually be used to help humans.  
This episode is sponsored by Alliant University and
Jul 5, 2017

Dr. Drew's favorite guest on his Dr. Drew Podcast. Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self.

This episode is sponsored by Alliant University. Go to for more.

Jun 25, 2017

Scott Flansburg regales us with his astounding mathematical abilities, by using only his brain to make complicated calculations.  This Guiness Book Of World Records Holder shares some of his secrets about numbers with Dr. Drew and Dr. Bruce.

This episode is sponsored by Text DREW to 22822 and see what you can save today on everyday prescriptions with or without insurance.
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