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 General’s report functions as a visionary template for change to help inform policy makers, researchers, health care professionals and the general public about the need for a full continuum of services for substance use disorders. The approach taken within the SG Report can help promote a better understanding of cannabis science, public policy and public knowledge.”



  • By the end of this presentation, the attendee will  be able to identify the Epidemiology of Substance Use Disorders in the US
  • By the end of this presentation, the attendee will be able to describe the importance of a comprehensive approach to substance use
  • By the end of this presentation, the attendee will be able to explain the importance of prevention, treatment and recovery as it applies Substance Use in the US


H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM is currently the Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He is formerly the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, where he led the agency’s national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders. Dr. Clark received a BA in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit; he holds a Medical Degree and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard University Law School. Dr. Clark received his board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He is ABAM certified in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Clark is licensed to practice medicine in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Michigan.


Dr. Clark Presentation-St. Louis, April 2018