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This session will evaluate people who died from accidental prescription overdoses to understand risk factors of death and prevention methods. Red flags and best practices will be reviewed. Additionally, marijuana case studies will be addressed, examining the medical claims of marijuana. It will include a presentation of front line cases of marijuana poisoning from the emergency department as well as marijuana cases at the medical examiner’s office.
1. Identify the initial cause of the prescription drug abuse epidemic
2. Identify risk factors for prescription deaths based on medical examiner data
3. Identify causes of death associated with marijuana