THANK YOU to all of the physicians and professionals who attended the annual OHSAM meeting in Columbus on August 2nd, 2017.

In case you missed it, or would like to revisit these interesting and educational presentations please see the sections below to access the PDFs from all of our extremely talented presenters.

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program


by Curt Passafume Jr., MBA, RPH

House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the
State Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.

While the legislation set a basic framework for the program, it left the task of establishing specific rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies.

 Update on Opiate Governors Office 


by Andrea Boxill, MA and Rick Massatti, PhD.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

GCOAT website at

Surveillance of Drug Abuse Trends in the State of Ohio


by R. Thomas Sherba, PhD, MPH, LPCC and Kathryn A. Coxe, MSW, LSW.

The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network consists of eight regional epidemiologists (REPIs)* located in the following regions: Akron-Canton, Athens, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. The OSAM Network conducts focus groups and individual qualitative interviews with active and recovering drug users and community professionals (treatment providers, law enforcement officials, etc.) to produce epidemiological descriptions of local substance abuse trends.

OHSAM Reports

National Trends in Addiction Medicine OHSAM_PDFIcon

by R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM

Solve Grant Rounds OHSAM_PDFIcon

by David Streem, MD

Meaningful and Effective Spirituality Programming in Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Problem Statement
• Spiritual engagement integral to AA philosophy
• Patients verbalizing discontent, lack of diversity with existing spiritual curriculum
• Spirituality Impressions of Care (SIOC) baseline survey
• Inclusive; Practical; Led to Change in Daily Activities; Helpful
• 43% average “strongly agree” responses
• Patient write-in comments: More emphasis on mindfulness and meditation

Adolescents with Addiction Issues 


by Brittney Becker, MD

Adolescents Brain – Increased drive for reward – not oblivious to negative consequences, just more emphasis is placed on the positive aspects
• Impulsivity
• Susceptibility to Addiction
• Hyper-rationality

Conceptualization and Treatment of Gambling Disorder 


by Brittney Stedman, Psy.D.

• Provide overview of Gambling Disorder (GD): diagnosis, prevalence, and comorbidities
• Highlight similarities and differences between GD and Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
•Review conceptual model of GD
•Provide information on screening and available treatments for GD

Treatment Resources in Ohio:
◦ National Council on Problem Gambling
◦ Counselor Directory
◦ Ohio for Responsible Gambling
◦ Problem Gambling Network of Ohio
◦ Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center: 216-791-3800 ext. 6962
◦ Ohio Problem Gambling Hotline: 800-589-9966
◦ Gambler’s Anonymous
◦ Meeting locator