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NOVA Documentary Explains Addiction Causes And Treatments

The brain of a chronic heroin user is laid out in slices in Yasmin Hurd's lab...

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Above: The brain of a chronic heroin user is laid out in slices in Yasmin Hurd's lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in this undated photo.

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“A dangerous cocktail of biology and medicine” — that’s how opioid addiction is described in a NOVA episode that debuts on KPBS Wednesday night.

With drug overdose the leading cause of death in the U.S. for those under 50 years old, the episode examines what causes addiction and how it can be treated.

Dr. Anna Lembke, the head of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, is an expert interviewed in the NOVA episode on addiction. She's also the author of “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.”

Lembke joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to give a preview of the episode.

The NOVA episode on addiction airs on KPBS-TV on Wednesday at 9 p.m.


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