Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, M.D.

Dr. Kevin McCauley first became interested in the treatment of Substance use disorder while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon where he observed the US Navy’s policy of treating addiction as a safety issue (not a moral one) Returning treated pilots to flight status under careful monitoring.

Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films. Memo to Self, exploring the concepts of recovery management, and Pleasures Unwoven, on neuroscience of addiction.

He won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

As a person in long-term recovery himself, Dr. McCauley is grateful for the many benefits he received to establish his sobriety and strives to make sure that people have access to the same benefits and opportunities. He has committed to understanding how addiction plays out in the lives of people from diverse races in different cultures, genders, and orientations, and hearing their unique perspectives of recovery. Although addiction can be a debilitating disease personally and spiritually, Dr. McAuley joins with his colleagues to treat people seeking sobriety with respect, preserve their dignity, and accompany them as they find their own path into recovery.

1:00 – 2:00 PM CDT

April 23rd April 23rd

Cannabis Legalization vs. Mass Incarceration – an Evolving Syndemic Relationship

Course Description:

The national attitude towards marijuana has changed considerably since 1980 when presidential candidate Ronald Reagan called it “probably the most dangerous drug in the United States today.” Today it probably isn’t, and the shift of opinion towards and legal status of cannabis may accompany an end to the U.S. Drug War. Both have public health implications and may interact in a syndemic manner. This lecture will explore the history and present state of cannabis laws, the pharmacology of cannabinoids, current evidence regarding harms and benefits of various cannabis products for both adults and adolescents, and the impact of cannabis legalization on the entwined public health threats of addiction and mass incarceration.


Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current evidence behind the medical utility and risk of THC and CBD use,including psychosis
  • Describe the effects of cannabis use on the development of the brain and of chronic disease.
  • Describe the actual and potential public health harms and benefits of cannabis criminalization, decriminalization, and legalization