James Zacny received a Ph.D. degree in psychology with an emphasis on experimental psychology from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVa, USA. Zacny received a postdoctoral training in psychopharmacology both at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, USA, and the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill, USA. Zacny currently serves as a Professor at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill, USA. As a psychopharmacologist, over the last 25 years, he has studied numerous drugs, including alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and drugs that are used in everyday practice by anesthesiologists. These drugs include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, inhaled gaseous and volatile anesthetics, propofol, and opioids. For the past 4 years, he has been characterizing the effects of several drugs in combination with the prescription opioid, oxycodone, and in nondrug-abusing healthy volunteers. The studies have both clinical implications in that some chronic pain patients on long-term opioid therapy are also taking other CNS-active drugs for either enhanced pain relief or other comorbid conditions. The studies have also public health implications related to the current epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in the United States. There is evidence that quite often prescription opioids are abused with other drugs (alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines, and stimulants), and hence this is an area that Zacny is interested to continue to explore.
Biography Updated on 24 April 2012