2017 National Cannabis Summit Presentation

Date: Sept 2017

2017 National Cannabis Summit Presentation

OMNI was delighted to present at the 2017 National Cannabis Summit in Denver, Colorado. OMNI staff, Melissa Richmond, PhD, and Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN, from Peer Assistance Services, Inc., presented a Lunch and Learn session: Lessons from 10 Years of Cannabis Screening and Intervention in Colorado. Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an established approach to identify individuals who use substances at risky levels to intervene early and prevent negative health consequences. Colorado was awarded two consecutive five-year federal grants (2006-2016) to implement SBIRT and screened over 173,000 patients for alcohol and other drugs, including cannabis. To better understand cannabis use in a changing landscape, OMNI conducted studies examining data on individuals who had been screened for cannabis through SBIRT Colorado. At the Summit, Melissa and Carolyn shared approaches to cannabis screening that account for legalization; information on delivering brief interventions tailored to context and population subgroups; and age-related and subpopulation trends in cannabis screening.  The session also addressed needed areas for research, including definitions of risk level based on quantity and frequency of use, and cannabis impacts on health. For more information on SBIRT Colorado, please see http://www.sbirtcolorado.org. For more information on the Summit, please see https://www.nationalcannabissummit.org.
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