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BAD MEDICINE: Mental Health and What the Opioid Epidemic Can Teach Us About Cannabis
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Over the past two decades, the number of people using cannabis has skyrocketed, along with individual and public health harms such as addiction, psychosis, and suicide. Concerning parallels exist between today's industry driven cannabis market and the prescription opioid pain pill industry which fueled our nation's addiction epidemic. This talk will review the current evidence regarding potential harms, equip participants to consider what products should be labeled a "medicine" and to reasonably discuss risks with patients, peers, media and legislators.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:
  • Review the impact of cannabis on mental health
  • Articulate what is meant by a ""medicine""
  • Recognize the similarities between the history of our opioid crisis and the current cannabis landscape
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Credit Statement
This webinar has been approved for a maximum 1, AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and AOAAM. The AOAAM is accredited by the AOA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
James Berry, DO 

James H. Berry, DO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine's Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He and his colleagues at WVU have developed innovative community-based treatment models in response to the addiction crisis in Appalachia and are actively engaged in novel neuromodulation research related to substance use disorders through WVU's Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute including the nation's first trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for opioid use disorder. Dr. Berry has been a dedicated clinician and enthusiastic educator in West Virginia since the early days of the addiction epidemic. He is the proud recipient of The Addiction Policy Forum's Pillar of Excellence Award for Addiction Treatment, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource's inaugural Medical Provider Award for Advancement of Quality Addiction Care and WVU School of Medicine's Distinguished Teacher Award. Statewide, he serves as a member of the West Virginia Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorders and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. Nationally, He chairs the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's Addiction Psychiatry Examination Committee and serves on the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine Board of Trustees, the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care's National Integrational Academy Council, and the Addiction Policy Forum's Scientific Advisory Board. He has enjoyed advocating on behalf of those suffering from mental illness and addiction before audiences as varied as local town hall meetings to testifying before the United States Senate. Dr. Berry's work and opinions have led to interviews with local, state, and national media sources such as Politico, NPR, Psychology Today and The Doctors television show. He and his patients were featured in the PBS NOVA documentary: Addiction that exposed a national audience to the science behind addiction and the humanity of those who suffer.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Oct 01, 2026
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $35.00
Resident/Intern Member: $0.00
Student Member: $0.00
Credit Offered:
1 AOA Category 1A Credit
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