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Empowering Parents and Providers: Tackling the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Amid Cannabis Use

A Part of SunCloud's CEU Program of Events

The event, titled “Empowering Parents and Providers: Addressing the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Amid Cannabis Use,” took place on August 30, 2023. Speaking alongside Dr. Sabet were Dr. Alex Chevalier, MD, Medical Director of Adolescent Program at SunCloud Health, and Dr. Kim Dennis, MD, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of SunCloud Health.

The presentation addressed the pressing issue of adolescent mental health challenges arising from cannabis and THC drug use and provided invaluable insights for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. With the growing legalization and normalization of cannabis, it was crucial to be informed about the potential impacts on adolescents. The event delved into crucial topics, including the latest research on cannabis use and its potential effects on adolescent mental health, identifying warning signs of cannabis use in adolescents, and strategies for engaging and supporting both parents and healthcare providers in the prevention and intervention process.

Dr. Kevin A. Sabet is the founder and president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a national non-profit organization that advocates for evidence-based drug policies. As a seasoned policy consultant and former senior drug policy advisor to Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, Dr. Sabet brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the topic. Along with his public policy work, Dr. Sabet is a published author, renowned speaker, and respected academic in public health.

Joined by Dr. Sabet was Dr. Alex Chevalier, a distinguished medical professional specializing in adolescent medicine. Dr. Chevalier served as the Adolescent Medical Director at SunCloud Health, where he significantly contributed to the well-being of young people facing mental health challenges.

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About the Speaker

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., recognized by NBC News as a leading figure in drug politics, has spent over two decades researching and implementing drug policy. He’s currently the President of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a non-profit he co-founded with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and David Frum. His notable publication, “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana”, was published in 2013, with a second edition in 2017. He’s also affiliated with Yale University and directs an institute at the University of Florida.

Sabet began his advisory role in the Clinton Administration and later served as a primary speechwriter for drug policy in the Bush Administration. Unique in his bipartisan experience, he contributed to President Obama’s National Drug Control Strategy and resigned in 2011.

He’s been highlighted in numerous publications like Politico and the New York Times as a major voice in U.S. drug policy. Dr. Sabet also guides global entities, including the United Nations, on drug-related concerns.

His efforts in the field have earned him awards, including the 2014 Nils Bejerot Award. Academically, he holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science.

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