Touhill Performing Arts Center - One University Blvd St. Louis, MO 63121


Opening Remarks – Ned Presnall, LCSW, MSW

  Ned Presnall, LCSW, MSW Ned Presnall, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker who works with older adolescents and adults, couples, families, and groups. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. He has worked as a therapist at the UMSL Center for Trauma Recovery, treating Post-Traumatic Stress…
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Opening Remarks – Rachel Winograd, PhD

Rachel Winograd, PhD Rachel Winograd, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) – University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and completed her doctoral internship with the VA St. Louis Healthcare System. Her clinical, research, and…
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Addiction Services in Correctional Settings – Sasha Rai, MD

  Sasha Rai, MD   Sasha Rai, MD is the Director for Correctional Behavioral Health, Denver Sherriff’s Department.  He holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. Slides:  

Addiction Services in Correctional Settings – Emily D. Doucette, MD MSPH FAAFP

Emily D. Doucette, MD MSPH FAAFP Emily D. Doucette, MD MSPH FAAFP is the Acting Director and the Chief Medical Officer of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.  Dr. Doucette is a practicing family physician who does full scope primary care including treatment for substance use disorders.  She is a graduate of the…
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Towards a Comprehensive Framework for Marijuana Prevention, Treatment and Recovery: Facing Addiction in America–The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM “This presentation will review the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, “Facing Addiction in America.”   This seminal report serves as a key document outlining critical issues associated with addiction health and addiction health services research.  At a time when this country is experiencing an opioid misuse epidemic, marijuana use continues to be the most commonly used illegal drug.  Fortunately,  the Surgeon…
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Legal and Political Landscape for Marijuana in Missouri

Over the past 3 years, Missouri has seen 4 separate initiative attempts to reform marijuana policy. The partisan and ideological alliances underpinning these movements will be discussed, along with the distinct and separate evolution of the issue in legislative politics. Prospects for medical marijuana and decriminalization are best in 2018, with adult-use (recreational) marijuana not…
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The Science of Cannabis and Driving

This talk will focus on the current state of knowledge about cannabis and driving. Topics will include: what lab and roadside studies tell us about how cannabis use affects driving ability and alters crash risk; how does cannabis-impaired driving differ from alcohol-impaired driving, and what does this mean for policy, enforcement, prevention, and intervention efforts;…
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Cannabis Health Risk Behaviors on Social Media

The legal cannabis landscape continues to evolve and an influx of new products has emerged along with it. In this presentation, Dr. Cavazos-Rehg shares how she has used social media to learn about these new products and the people who are socially networking about them. Learning objectives: Provide an overview of newly emerging cannabis products…
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Cannabis Policy and Social Justice

  Malik Burnett, MD, MPD, MPH Slides and Handouts: Burnett-Cannabis Drug Policy and Social Justice UM

Empirical Reality or Methodological Uncertainty: The Promises and Perils of the Gateway Hypothesis in Today’s Drug Landscapes

Despite the long title, this presentation provides a relatively straightforward assessment of the gateway hypothesis – the notion that marijuana use will eventually lead to experimentation with harder drugs. There is a long tradition of research demonstrating that people with substance use problems often began by experimenting with marijuana. Moreover, early marijuana initiation has been…
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