Last updated on: 4/4/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Aaron Weiner, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Aaron Weiner, director of addiction services for Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, based in the western suburbs, said the ‘deeply flawed’ medical marijuana program lets users take whatever amount and concentration of cannabis they wish, with comically named strains like Bruce Banner that seem aimed more at kids than middle-aged patients.

He cited a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found that long-term marijuana use increased the chance of developing an opioid use disorder. Instead, Linden Oaks uses tools like other medication-assisted therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy and even combinations of Tylenol and Advil, which he said have shown effectiveness in helping people taper off opioids.”

Robert McCoppin, “Illinois Doctors Campaign for Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Opioids,” chicagotribune.com, Nov. 17, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Addiction Services, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, Aug. 2016-present
  • Staff psychologist and Clinical Director, Spectrum Health, Sep. 2014-July 2016
  • Post-doctoral fellow, US Department of Veterans Affairs, July 2013-Sep. 2014
Education:
  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • MS, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • BS, Psychology, Iowa State University, 2007
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?