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Friday, November 2 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Up in Smoke: Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

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It’s a topic that impacts virtually all EMS providers: how will legislation surrounding recreational and medical marijuana use impact businesses, specifically, when it comes to workers’ compensation? While there has been some activity on the federal side over the past year, marijuana remains illegal under federal law because it is listed under Schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act.  Such substances are illegal to distribute, prescribe, purchase or use outside of medical research.  Today, everyone in EMS must understand the laws and relevant legal decisions pertaining to marijuana in each state where their businesses operate.  This session will provide attendees with the latest legislative information related to the use of marijuana in the treatment of work-related injuries and illness and feature a practical and insightful discussion.  

Federal law requires, supervisors to be alert and take action if/when employees appear to be under the influence of an job impairing substance. This course provides practical reasonable suspicion intervention instructions, including tips for confronting the employee and scenarios that require them to respond to sensitive situations in a practice environment. This course includes instructions for DOT compliance for supervisors.


Edward Canavan, ARM, AIC

VP Workers' Compensation Practice, Sedgwick
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Ronald Thackery, JD

Senior Vice President, Professional Services and Integration, Envision Healthcare
Ron Thackery, Senior Vice President, Professional Services, responsibility for safety, risk management, procurement and controlled substances administration. Previously, he was responsible for the integration of acquired companies into the organization, fleet administration, Paramedic... Read More →
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Cindy Tait, EMT-P, RN, MPH

President, Center for Healthcare Education, Inc.
Cindy Tait, EMT-P, RN, MPH, has worked in EMS for more than 34 years. Starting as an EMT in the Rocky Mountains. She returned to school in Southern California where she worked full-time as a paramedic. In 1991, obtained her RN license and then specialized in the areas of ER and ICU... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Room 202AB