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.