Our Presenter

Katie Greeley, LCSW (she/her)

Founder and Senior Prevention Consultant
Prevention Education Solutions

Katie Greeley, LCSW (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Chicago Master of Social Work Program, and the Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Program. In Chicago, Katie was a founding member of the team developing the Substance Use and Prevention Program (SUPP) for the Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. While at Lurie Children’s, Katie worked alongside the Gender Development Program, one of the world’s leading programs in providing affirming care for gender expansive and trans youth. She has many years of experience providing affirming care for LGBTQIA+ individuals and providing clinical services for patients experiencing substance use disorders through the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and has conducted prevention and gender and sexuality education and consultation services domestically and internationally in over 25 states and 20+ countries for over 30,000+ individuals. Katie delivers an evidence-based curriculum and provides solutions tailored for your community, drawing on her years of clinical experience, training in prevention, and her perspective as a member of the queer community and an individual in healthy recovery from addiction.

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This program is funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.

Resources referenced in the Training

High-strength cannabis linked to addiction and mental health problems. Largest ever study into the health effects of different types of cannabis highlights concerns about stronger forms of the drug.

>> Association of cannabis potency with mental ill health and addiction: a systematic review

Emergency room visits and hospitalizations are 22% higher among Canadians who use cannabis than among those who don’t (2022)

>> Cannabis use and risks of respiratory and all-cause morbidity and mortality: a population-based, data-linkage, cohort study

Cannabis-related ER visits in Colorado jump threefold after legalization, study says (2019)

>> Acute Illness Associated With Cannabis Use, by Route of Exposure

California emergency department visits and admissions for any related marijuana use has increased by 89% (2021)

>> Marijuana’s Impact on California

Other Resources

Cannabis (Marijuana) Concentrates DrugFacts

>> National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: What You Need To Know. Is marijuana the same thing as cannabis?

>> National Institutes of Health

Cannabis Almost as Addictive as Opioids Among Teens, Study Finds

>> JAMA Pediatrics

Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick

>> New York Times, June 23, 2022

Marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults reached all-time high in 2021

>> National Institutes of Health

Exploring the racist roots of the term “Marijuana”

>> The Mysterious History Of ‘Marijuana’, NPR

Visit the “Youth Marijuana Prevention Project (YMPP)” section of our website, and the related sub-sections shown below. Be a Part of the Conversation is pleased to partner with the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol to raise awareness of the effects of marijuana use on young people. YMPP launched in July 2019 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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Watch a “Conversation About Cannabis” recorded roundtable discussion.

Watch the “Lessons Learned from Colorado” recorded presentation with Ben Cort.

Watch the “Clearing the Air:  Vaping, Nicotine and Marijuana” presentation with David Fialko.