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Ending the “Drug War”; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach

October 13, 2016

Dr. Steven Jonas, MD, MPH a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine at Stony Book Medicine in Stony Brook, New York & the author of Ending the “Drug War”; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Steven Jonas discuss the following:

  • What is the “Drug War, and what are its consequences?
  • You talk about the “RMADs”  What are they?
  • What is the “Drug Culture?’
  • How do you relate to the current drug policy reform movement?
  • What is the public health approach to today's the drug problem?

Duration: 23:54

Dr. Steven Jonas is Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine and the Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036; email:; tel. (631) 473-7228, FAX (631) 473-5005.  His personal website is at

He holds a B.A. from Columbia College (1958), an M.D. from the Harvard Medical School (1962), an M.P.H. from the Yale School of Medicine (1967), and an M.S. in Health Management from the Wagner School of New York University (1997).  He also studied at the London School of Economics and the Touro College Law Center.  He interned at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and took his residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health in the New York City Department of Health.  He is board certified in Preventive Medicine.  During 1967-71, he worked for the City of New York in several capacities.  From April, 1971 until Jan. 3, 2014, Dr. Jonas was Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor (from 1983) of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook, and from 2004, Professor in the Program in Public Health.

He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences (elected), the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).  He is a Past President of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, a past member of the New York State Board for Medicine, and a past Associate Editor of Preventive Medicine (1983-2005).  In 1982, he was awarded the Founders’ Medal by the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas (Ft. Worth).  In 2006 he received the Duncan Clark Award for lifetime achievement from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. In 2008 he received the Faculty Recognition Award of the Graduate Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University.  In 2010 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Public Health. In 2010 also, he was named one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Public Health Professors", by the education in public health website, The Health Hawk.  He is a Founding Advisor for Wellcoaches Corporation.

He was Founding Editor of the Springer (Publishing Co.)  Series on Medical Education (1980 – 2005).  He was EditorinChief of the American Medical Athletic Association Journal (2002- 2015) and a member of the Editorial Board of ACSM's Health & Fitness (1999-2011).

He has authored 17 books of his own: Quality Control of Ambulatory Care (New York: Springer Publishing Co., 1977); Medical Mystery: The Training of Doctors in the United States (New York: W.W. Norton, 1978); Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals (New York: W.W. Norton, 1986, "Updated and Expanded" edition, 1999; 20th anniversary 2nd edition, July, 2006); An Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Springer Publishing, 3rd ed., 1992; 4th ed., 1998; 5th ed., 2003); The New Americanism (East Setauket, NY: Thomas Jefferson Press/Library Research Associates, 1992); Regular Exercise: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and its companion for patients/clients, A Guidebook for the Regular Exerciser (Springer Publishing, 1995); The Essential Triathlete (New York: Lyons and Burford/GlobePequot, 1996); Talking About Health and Wellness With Patients: Integrating Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Into Your Practice (Springer Publishing, 2000); 101 Ideas and Insights for Triathletes and Duathletes (Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2011); and Duathlon Training and Racing for Ordinary Mortals®: Getting Started and Staying with It (Guilford, CT: FalconGuides/Globe Pequot Press, 2012); The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022 – A Futuristic Novel (Brewster, NY: Trepper & Katz Impact Books: Punto Press, 2013; the original version of this book, The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022, was published under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster by the Thomas Jefferson Press, Port Jefferson, NY, in 1996); and Ending the ‘Drug War’; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach, (Brewster, NY: Punto Press, 2016).

Dr. Jonas has collaborated/is collaborating on the following 19 books.  He is Founding Editor of Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States, was Editor and coauthor of its first three editions (Springer Publishing Co., 1977, 1981 [received a 1982 Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing], 1986), and was CoEditor of the 6th and 7th editions, (1999, 2002); the 11th ed. Was published in 2015.  He is an Associate Editor of and a contributor to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice (Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins, 1996; 2nd ed., Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008).  He was first author of PaceWalking: The Balanced Way to Aerobic Health (with Peter Radetsky, New York: Crown Publishers, 1988); The "I Don't Eat (but I can't lose)" Weight Loss Program (with Virginia Aronson, New York: Rawson/Macmillan, 1989); and Take Control of Your Weight (w/ Editors of Consumer Reports Books, Yonkers, NY: CRB, 1993). 

He was coauthor to: Linda Konner for Just the Weigh You Are (Boston, MA: Chapters/-HoughtonMifflin, 1997; trade paperback, HoughtonMifflin, 1998; reissued as Just as You Are: How to be Healthy Whatever Your Weight by Barnes & Noble Books, 2000); Maria Kassberg for Help Your Man Get Healthy (New York: Avon Books, 1999; reissued by Barnes & Noble Books, 2001); and Sandra Gordon for 30 Secrets of the World's Healthiest Cuisines (New York: John Wiley, 2000; re-issued by Barnes & Noble Books, 2005).  He was a coauthor for the American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Book, 3rd ed. (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2003).  He was co-author with Drs. Ray and Karen Goldsteen for the 6th ed. of An Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Springer Publishing, 2007). He is co-author to George Dallam, Ph.D., for Championship Triathlon Training (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2008; Italian translation, Triathlon Da Campioni, Milano, IT: Edizioni della Libreria della Sport, 2009); and Coaching and Teaching Triathlon Successfully, Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2015.  With Edward M. Phillips, MD, he was co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine tm: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription (Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2009; Chinese translation, 2016), the official textbook for the American College of Sports Medicine's national program, “Exercise is Medicine®.”

On health policy, preventive medicine and public health, and drug abuse policy, Dr. Jonas has published over 135 professional articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and has delivered well over 100 papers at conferences and seminars.  He was a designated speaker on behalf of the National Health Care Campaign for the Clinton Health Plan in 1994.  In addition, he has published numerous articles in the lay press, primarily on exercise and sports, and for both lay and professional audiences has given many talks on various aspects of health, fitness, and wellness.  Further, on these topics he has had regular columns in several national publications, both lay and professional, most recently, 2006-2012: "Ordinary Mortals(R): Talking Triathlon with Steve Jonas," for USA Triathlon Magazine.  From 2013, he has been a regular monthly contributor to the USA-Triathlon Blog, under the heading “Talking Triathlon/Duathlon for Ordinary Mortals®, by Steve Jonas.”   His own website is

From September 1992 until December, 1996 Dr. Jonas hosted a onceaweek live radio call-in show, "Talking Politics with Dr. Steve Jonas," on WUSB, 90.1 FM, at Stony Brook.  Since February 2004, Dr. Jonas has been a Contributing Author (Managing Editor, 2008-2013, Editorial Director, 2013- ) for the webmagazine The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy (   He is Senior Editor, Politics and Culture, for The Greanville Post ( for which he writes a weekly column.  It is regularly re-published on OpEd News (, The Planetary Movement ( where his columns appear under “American Politics,” the “Writing for Godot” section of Reader Supported News, and at “From the G-Man” (, and he is a contributor to the Political Film Blog (

Dr. Jonas has two children of his own, Jacob, a teacher/basketball coach, and Lillian, an elementary school teacher, ages 43 and 42 respectively, and a stepson, Mark Newman, 42, an architect/ web-designer.  His is married to Mrs. Chezna Newman of New York City.  For recreation, Dr. Jonas bicycles, runs, PaceWalks, lifts weights, competes in triathlons and duathlons (2016 marks his 34th season in multisport racing; he has done over 240 races), skis and on a limited basis taught skiing at the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School, 1995-2009 (he is certified at Level I by the Professional Ski Instructors of America), listens to classical music on the radio, watches pro sports on TV, and is an avid theater/opera/concerts/museum goer and traveler.

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