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S2E5 – How Do I Talk About Drugs and Alcohol | DoubleTake

The consumption of drugs and alcohol is a subject that is under-discussed and understudied in the Muslim community. The legalization of marijuana and easy access to vapes and electronic cigarettes should push parents and guardians to take the lead on these conversations in their homes.

What is driving people, young and old, to consume drugs and alcohol? How can parents cultivate relationships that open the door to healthy communication? What can we learn from the Qur’an and Sunnah about how to teach prevention?

In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Jibran Khokhar, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper, “Talking to Teens about Drugs and Alcohol: A Qur’anic Approach.”

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Dr. Jibran Khokhar

Dr. Jibran Khokhar

Senior Fellow | Dr. Jibran Khokhar was born in Kuwait where he memorized the Quran with an ijazah. He completed his Bachelors in Life Sciences from Queen's University and his Doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Toronto followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatry at Dartmouth College. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Guelph where he studies topics related to substance use and severe mental illness, and how drugs of abuse affect the developing brain. He also serves as a Khateeb for the Guelph community and a Senior Fellow at Yaqeen Institute.