Original Webinar: Friday, September 4, 2020

E-cigs, Vaping & Marijuana: Emerging Drug Trends in Today’s Adolescents

Featured expert: Dr. Aaron Weiner
Cost: $0 (But we would welcome your donation!)
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With vaping increasingly commonplace and recreational marijuana use normalized and promoted, young people face new and difficult pitfalls related to substance use and addiction. Misinformation and confusion persist around these topics, and debunked myths are taken as fact. Attendees at this seminar will learn to tell fact from fiction about vaping and marijuana, including the impact of the THC and nicotine industries on public perception and the implications of use on health. Attendees will also be presented with actionable tips for prevention, enabling everyone to feel they can do their part to turn the tide in this modern substance use epidemic.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What vaping is and how vaping devices function
  • Current research regarding vaping health risks
  • Current research regarding cannabis health risks
  • Current marketing and business trends for vaping and cannabis
  • How media messaging impacts youth use of vaping and marijuana

Speaker Bio
Dr. Aaron Weiner is a board-certified Psychologist and the Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. 

Dr. Weiner is a strong advocate for evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, as well as a proponent of integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner has been an outspoken advocate for numerous forward-leaning trends, including naloxone co-prescribing in hospital settings, fentanyl test strips, responsible opioid disposal, marijuana education, person-first language for stigma reduction, and vaping awareness for youth. He has spoken nationally on the topics of opioid addiction, marijuana commercialization, and the vaping epidemic, as well as has served as a context expert for both policy-makers and media outlets.  

In addition to his work in healthcare systems, Dr. Weiner is an adjunct faculty in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of the Physician Speakers Bureau for the National Safety Council. He has served on the Board of the Society of Addiction Psychology and won multiple regional awards for his commitment to converting best-practice ideas into real-world change.


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