Webinar Summary: Some substances have a built-in “scare factor”, such as heroin and meth. However, other substances like alcohol, tobacco and even marijuana have reached a state of normalcy. Alcohol is often considered a rite of passage. The unfortunate truth is that underage usage of substances can lead to devastating and lasting changes to the brain. Dr. Norton, an expert in psychopharmacology and addiction pharmacy will explore the impact of substance use on brain neurochemistry.


Dr. Norton is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy with his specialty areas to include psychopharmacology and addiction pharmacy. Dr. Norton has worked with impaired pharmacists and other health care professionals for over 25 years and is the former Director of the Recovering Pharmacists Program at the Talbott Recovery Campus. He is Past President of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and member of both the Georgia Pharmacy Association and the American Pharmacy Association. Dr. Norton is state and nationally certified as an addiction counselor. The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium Board and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia has credentialed Dr. Merrill Norton as a Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (ICCDP-D). The ICCDP-D is the highest international credential that can be obtained through IC&RC and ADACB-GA and signifies that the holder has advanced training and experience in Addiction Treatment and is especially aware of ethical, methodological, and research issues associated with the treatment of the co-occurring patient.

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