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Can Marijuana Solve the Opioid Crisis?

Tuesday, 02/05/2019
1:45 PM
3:00 PM
Potomac Ballroom C


Our national opioid crisis, as reflected by 63,000 deaths in 2016, triggered the formation of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in March 2017. On November 1, the Commission issued a report containing 56 recommendations and rationales for each. A year later, the President signed a bipartisan Support for Patients and Community Act, which contained many sections reflecting Commission Report recommendations. The final page of the Opioid Commission Report addresses “Lessons Learned”. It is a cautionary narrative of how our nation became awash with opioids and how these lessons may be applicable to marijuana. This session will provide an overview of these lessons, examine the relationship between marijuana and pain, and discuss the case against using marijuana to “solve the opioid crisis”.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify how the FDA approves drugs for our nation’s use, highlight the evidence for marijuana as an effective analgesic and discuss the evidence against marijuana usage to solve the opioid crisis.

29th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 15th Prevention Day


Bertha Madras
Professor of Psychobiology and Chair of Neurochemistry
Harvard Medical School- Harvard University