Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

EXPERT TO SPEAK: The Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain, Body and Behavior

April 25, 2014

IDEAS in Psychiatry, an innovative public education series from the UNM Department of Psychiatry, presents Wilson M Compton, MD, MPE, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.

The Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain, Body and Behavior

Monday, April 28, 6 pm
UNM HSC Domenici Auditorium                   1001 Marble NE
Admission: FREE

Tuesday, April 29, 6 pm
Santa Fe
Santa Fe Public Schools Boardroom             610 Alta Vista, Santa Fe, NM
Admission: FREE                    

Attention: We may have audience overflow in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Please call IDEAS for more information: 505.272.3592.

Dr. Compton is a nationally known expert on the causes and prevention of drug abuse. Prior to being named Deputy Director of NIDA, he oversaw the Institute’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research. In that role, Dr. Compton directed an international research program addressing the scope and spread of drug abuse, how to prevent drug abuse, and how to effectively implement prevention and treatment services.

Dr. Compton gained extensive experience in the clinical practice of addiction psychiatry as medical director of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Chemical Dependency Services program in St. Louis before his recruitment to NIDA.

In October 2013, one month before becoming Deputy Director, Dr. Compton received the prestigious Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service.

Based in the Department’s Office of Community Engagement, IDEAS in Psychiatry was created to provide useful, accurate and up-to-date information about mental illness. The program seeks to enhance the lives of people affected by mental illness, encourage understanding, and dispel common myths and mistruths. During its three years in Albuquerque, IDEAS has hosted several free public lectures with renowned speakers including Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD; Mark Vonnegut, MD; and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.