April 2019 LPLS

Presenters: Dr. Drew Edwards

Location: Lakeview Health True North Conference Center
1900 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Date: April 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EST

Continuing Education: 1 unit/credit*

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Event Summary

Cannabis- Medicine or Mayhem? Neurobiology and Health Impact of Marijuana

Behind Alcohol Use Disorder, marijuana addiction is the most cited reason for admission to substance abuse treatment. The life trajectory for early initiates (age 10-17) is wrought with academic failure, psychopathology, underemployment and multiple failed relationships. Daily users under age 17 are 60 percent less likely to complete high school and seven times more likely to attempt suicide than those who never smoke marijuana.  The pathophysiology and disease sequalae of cannabis dependence remains poorly understood, as its perceived safety among the general population is now nearing 70%. At the same time transient psychosis, depression, and anxiety disorder are common comorbidities of the new, potent marijuana.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this educational activity, participants will be able to:

 (1) Summarize the history, trends, and prevalence of marijuana use and marijuana use disorder in the United States

 (2) Describe epidemiological trends that influence prevalence rates; and discuss changing attitudes toward marijuana.

 (3) Understand the function of endocannabinoid system in humans

 (4) Learn the risk factors, symptoms and characteristics of Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) among teens and adults, including the prevalence of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

  * Florida Board of Behavioral Sciences: Lakeview Health has been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-17479 exp 3/31/2021. Florida Board of Psychology is 5/31/2020

About the presenter

Dr. Drew Edwards

Dr. Drew Edwards is a nationally recognized expert in addictive disease and behavioral medicine. Residing in Jacksonville, Florida, he is the founder of Dr. Drew Edwards and Associates, a behavioral medicine practice and consulting firm and a consultant with Lakeview Health. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed and popular articles, as well as books for parents on childhood depression and instilling self-esteem in children. He has conducted and published original research on depression and chronic disease.

Drew is the former director of psychiatry and assistant clinical professor at the Medical College of Georgia. He previously served as associate director of psychiatry at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, where he provided clinical instruction for medical residents and postdoctoral fellows in the Division of Addiction Medicine. In addition, he is a certified forensic expert on the neurobiology of addictive disease, providing expert testimony in capital cases.

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