Dr. Thomas Wright warns about the dangers of decriminalization of marijuana

Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer Thomas Wright, MD, traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 13, 2014, to meet with various national media outlets to discuss concerns over marijuana legalization and how it may impact teen substance use. Also, he addressed the rising national crisis of heroin use. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared heroin use an “urgent public health crisis” earlier this week.

Wright met with officials in the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, to discuss how Rosecrance is dealing with the heroin crisis through prevention/education efforts, intervention and treatment. Sen. Durbin expressed concern over increasing heroin use among teens and young adults when he visited Rosecrance’s adolescent campus last summer.

Watch Dr. Wright interviewed by Lesli Foster on Washington, D.C. television station WUSA 9: