Time: 9:00a - 4:00p
Where: Hauppauge Center, 55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge, New York
9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
“The Science of How Addictive Substances Affect the Teen Brain” with Dr. Stephen Dewey, Ph.D.
Addiction is a disease where regionally-specific neurochemical changes underlie its development and progression. In addition, these changes are thought to produce cravings – often associated with both acute and chronic symptoms of withdrawal. While addictive substances and behaviors produce unique changes in these specific chemicals, the degree to which they do so depends on the substance and behaviors abused. This presentation will identify these neurochemical changes and demonstrate alterations that develop as a function of the addictive substance.
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
“The Latest on Marijuana Policy, Politics and Research” with Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Several US states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and several other states, including New York are poised to follow suit. The shift in policy has significant public health implications, especially for adolescents, people at risk for addiction and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Reynolds, who has been at the forefront of efforts to address the opioid epidemic and has advised New York State on marijuana policy, will discuss experiences in states that have legalized marijuana, update participants on marijuana research efforts, including medical use of the drug and discuss innovative clinical interventions for addressing marijuana dependence in young people.