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Researchers will study MDMA-assisted therapy for opioid addiction; Book re-examines humans' impact on the environment

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On this episode we talk with a researcher who will use MDMA-assisted therapy to treat new mothers with opioid addiction, and we talk with about a new book re-examining human impacts on the environment.

University Showcase 4/21 8a: On this episode Dr. Larry Leeman is medical director for the University of New Mexico’s Milagro Program where he treats expectant mothers experiencing opioid use disorder. But he found that after being stabilized and giving birth, many patients resumed using opioids because of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. He and his colleagues are launching a pilot study that combines trauma-focused therapy with doses of the psychedelic MDMA – also called ecstasy or molly – to see if this can help new mothers permanently overcome their drug dependency. Leeman says MDMA temporarily increases production of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes a sense of connectedness.

Also on this episode Emily Lena Jones is associate professor and Regents’ Lecturer in Archeology at UNM. She is the co-editor of a new book “Questioning Rebound: People and Environmental Change in the Protohistoric and Early Historic Americas.” She and co-author Jacob L. Fisher, professor of Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento, explore the archaeological record of the Americas during the period immediately following European contact, a time when the human footprint on the land abruptly shifted.

The book began when they both observed remains at archeological sites of larger game animals that immediately post-dated European arrival on this continent.

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.