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William E. Tankersley IV., MD, APBN, ABAM

Medical Director, Children's Recovery Center, Norman, Oklahoma

William E. Tankersley, M.D. attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed a psychiatry residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and is ABPN board certified. He is a diplomat of The American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Tankersley currently works as Medical Director of The Children’s Recovery Center, specializing in the treatment of adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse. He is a professor of psychiatry for the Griffin Memorial Psychiatry Residency program. Brandon Ferrell received his masters and Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Brandon currently serves as the research coordinator for the Griffin Memorial Hospital residency program, providing statistical and methodological guidance to mental health and substance abuse research.

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Brandon Ferrell, PhD

Psychiatric Research Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, Norman, Oklahoma

Brandon Ferrell received his masters and Ph.D. in quantitative psychology, with a special focus in demographic quantitative methodology, from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. He currently serves as the research coordinator for the Griffin Memorial Hospital residency program in Norman, Oklahoma, providing statistical and methodological guidance to mental health and substance abuse research.

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Focus Session Track

Adolescent Vapor Use and Emerging Trend of Vaporized Illicit Substances

4/25/2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room: 412, Fourth Floor

Primary Author(s):

William E. Tankersley IV., MD, APBN, ABAM

Medical Director, Children's Recovery Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Presenter(s):

Brandon Ferrell, PhD

Psychiatric Research Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, Norman, Oklahoma

With the increase in popularity of e-cigarettes and vaporizers for nicotine use, the potential for adolescents to use this delivery method to mask the use of other illicit substances has arisen. Over the past few years, we have been seeing a steady increase in the number of adolescent patients presenting for treatment that have reported nicotine vaporizer use. We are now beginning to see the same trend with vaporized illicit substances as well. The CDC has collected epidemiological data illustrating the increasing prevalence of nicotine vaporizer use among adolescents. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history of e-cigarettes including: development, content, marketing, legal status, harm reduction and smoking cessation. Special focus will be paid to adolescent issues involving e-cigarettes including usage rates, laws regulating access to minors, and the emerging trend of adolescents using illicit substances through e-cigarette devices. This presentation will also review the current state of the literature and data.