Medical Marijuana: Weeding out the Myths

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“Medical Marijuana: Weeding out the Myths”

Scott Schaeffer, D.Ph., DABAT
Managing Director and Clinical Instructor
Oklahoma Center for Poison & Drug Information

OU Health Science Center – School of Pharmacy

Scott Schaeffer has been with the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information since 1994 and currently serves as its Managing Director. Among his responsibilities are oversight of the center’s 24 hour service to the people of Oklahoma, patient care, teaching and public outreach. Scott is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

In addition to his duties with the poison center, Scott is active in multiple professional organizations including the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and American Board of Applied Toxicology, of which he is a Diplomate. Service to the AAPCC includes board membership and chair of its accreditation and virtual poison center rules committees. He is a recipient of the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award, in recognition of his commitment to raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse among the public as well as the pharmacy community.

Community involvement includes participation on the Community Service Board of Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church and Santa’s Cause, an organization dear to his heart. He was also just selected to Leadership Oklahoma’s Class 33.

Chair of the Day

Dr. Donna Nelson is a native Oklahoman, born and reared in Eufaula, Oklahoma.  She obtained her PhD at UT-Austin and did a post doctorate at Purdue.  Since then, she has researched and taught Organic Chemistry as a professor at the University of Oklahoma.

She has many awards and about 200 research publications and has given hundreds of invited presentations to national meetings of professional societies and organizations, universities, and radio and TV programs, such as NPR, New York TimesWall Street Journal and others.

Her hobbies are activities at the science and society interface, some fictional and some factual.  Example activities include serving as a science advisor to television shows like Breaking Bad and Big Bang Theory and on the factual side; the defense or prosecution consultant for federal or state judicial cases involving science.


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