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Can Marijuana Help Addicts Kick Opioids?

November 16, 2017 - 20:39
Article Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017Thursday, November 16, 2017

According to research published earlier this month in the American Journal of Public Health, Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana in 2014 coincided with a 6.5 percent reduction in opioid overdose deaths. The researchers studied the opioid overdose rate in the state from 2000 to 2015, and found that after 14 years of a steady rise in opioid overdose deaths, the rate decreased by an average of 0.7 deaths per month.
 
My response:
The  study failed to account for the following:
•             Increased public education about the dangers of opioid prescribing (In 2014, 10.3% of patients received high-dose opioid prescriptions which was reduced to 8.7% in 2016)
•             Use of PDMP  (The rate of multiple provider episodes per 100,000 residents decreased from 60 in 2014 to 32 in 2016)
•             Wider distribution of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone (2011: 997 to 2015: 3,393)
•             Move from Rx opioids to heroin (Heroin overdose deaths increased 50% from 2014 to 2016 while opioid deaths decreased 12%.) Failure to quantify the impacts of the above make it unlikely any researcher could separate out the impacts of all of                them from another potential factor.
 
In addition, there is legitimate research that shows that marijuana use primes the brain for opioid addiction.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/can-marijuana-help-addic... #FakeNews

Systematic review of safeness and therapeutic efficacy of cannabis

November 16, 2017 - 20:35
Link: Systematic review of safeness and therapeutic efficacy of cannabisArticle Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017Thursday, November 16, 2017Tags:

there is incomplete evidence of the efficacy and safety of medical use of cannabis in the clinical contexts considered in this review. Furthermore, for many of the outcomes considered, the confidence in the estimate of the effect was again low or very low. To give conclusive answers to the efficacy and safety of cannabis used for medical purposes in the clinical contexts considered, further studies are needed, with higher quality, larger sample sizes, and possibly using the same diagnostic tools for evaluating outcomes of interest.

Risk factors for non-fatal occupational injuries among construction workers: A case-control study.

November 16, 2017 - 20:31
Link: Risk factors for non-fatal occupational injuries among construction workers: A case-control study.Article Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017Thursday, November 16, 2017Tags:

CONCLUSION:
Cannabis abuse can increase injury severity and prolong workdays lost. Drug testing is recommended for at-risk construction workers with inadequate safety measures.

Sunset Music Festival Data

November 16, 2017 - 20:26
Link: Sunset Music Festival DataArticle Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017Thursday, November 16, 2017

Death by self-mutilation after oral cannabis consumption

November 16, 2017 - 20:18
Link: Death by self-mutilation after oral cannabis consumptionArticle Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017Thursday, November 16, 2017Tags:

Major self-mutilation (amputation, castration, self-inflicted eye injuries) is frequently associated with psychiatric disorders and/or substance abuse. A 35-year-old man presented with behavioral disturbances of sudden onset after oral cannabis consumption and major self-mutilation (attempted amputation of the right arm, self-enucleation of both eyes and impalement) which resulted in death. D

NTSB: Amtrak’s Lax Safety Led to Penn. Crash That Killed Two Workers

November 16, 2017 - 20:10
Link: NTSB: Amtrak’s Lax Safety Led to Penn. Crash That Killed Two WorkersArticle Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017Thursday, November 16, 2017Tags:

He is no longer employed by Amtrak. No amount of marijuana use by an engineer is acceptable, the railroad has said.

UConn Study: Teenage Pot, Alcohol Use Can Reduce Success Later In Life

November 8, 2017 - 21:03
Link: UConn Study: Teenage Pot, Alcohol Use Can Reduce Success Later In LifeArticle Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017Wednesday, November 8, 2017Tags:

This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood.

Jacksonville Beach leaders make moves to completely ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the city

November 8, 2017 - 06:05
Link: Jacksonville Beach leaders make moves to completely ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the cityArticle Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017Wednesday, November 8, 2017Tags:

“My job is to represent the people of Jacksonville Beach and as I mentioned during the council meeting, 81 percent of the people may have voted for medical marijuana. But it wasn’t 81 percent of Jacksonville Beach residents looking to put a dispensary in Jacksonville Beach,” Mayor Charlie Latham said.
#NotInMyBackyard

Lessons Leraned Colorado and Washington

November 5, 2017 - 19:24
Link: Lessons Leraned Colorado and WashingtonArticle Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017Sunday, November 5, 2017Tags:

MARIJUANA AND MENTAL HEALTH

November 1, 2017 - 20:31
Link: MARIJUANA AND MENTAL HEALTHArticle Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Is there a link between marijuana use and mental illness?

Smoking cannabis 'damages lungs'

October 16, 2017 - 21:03
Link: Smoking cannabis 'damages lungs'Article Date: Monday, October 16, 2017Monday, October 16, 2017Tags:

Even after less than six years of smoking the drug, the ill effects were already being seen on their breathing, according the research presented at the British Thoracic Society (BTS) winter meeting.
 
"It is vital that young people understand the dangers of both cigarette and cannabis smoking since these habits can start having a serious impact on their lungs at an early stage."
 
 

Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?

October 3, 2017 - 12:00
Link: Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?Article Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive look yet into whether roads in the state have become more dangerous since the drug’s legalization.

Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United States

October 3, 2017 - 11:58
Link: Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United StatesArticle Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017Tuesday, October 3, 2017Tags:

Conclusions:

 

Cannabis use appears to increase rather than decrease the risk of developing nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder.

Sarasota plotting workaround to comply with state law for medical pot dispensaries

September 28, 2017 - 18:30
Link: Sarasota plotting workaround to comply with state law for medical pot dispensariesArticle Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017Thursday, September 28, 2017Tags:

City leaders felt treating dispensaries as they do pharmacies would allow them across large swaths of the city, so they voted to outright ban them until planners could devise an alternative.  City leaders got their first glimpse at that alternative Monday night and unanimously endorsed a plan to craft rules that they call a kind of “middle ground” between the ban and current pharmacy rules.

Kentucky judge dismisses challenge of medical marijuana ban

September 26, 2017 - 14:57
Link: Kentucky judge dismisses challenge of medical marijuana banArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tags:

Kentucky's ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens' possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."

Kentucky's ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to "curtail citizens' possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug."

Musician befriends the driver who left him paralyzed

September 26, 2017 - 14:52
Link: Musician befriends the driver who left him paralyzedArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A native of New Mexico, Markowski, 23, started doing drugs while living and working in Germany. First, smoking marijuana, then snorting methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney says “Just say no” as at least 58 Summit County residents OD during third week in September

September 26, 2017 - 14:47
Link: U.S. Attorney says “Just say no” as at least 58 Summit County residents OD during third week in SeptemberArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tags:

“The best long-term solution is prevention,” Sessions said. “The best action is not to start. Just say no.”

Those three words — embraced by First Lady Nancy Reagan in the 1980s to discourage young people from using recreational drugs — are back.

On Friday, as Summit County released its latest overdose numbers for the past seven days — 58 residents sought help in emergency rooms after overdosing — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions dredged up the slogan during an address to law enforcement in Pennsylvania.

“The struggle to overcome addiction can be a long process – and it can fail. Tragically, it often does fail,” he said, according to a written copy of his remarks released by his office.

 

Marijuana in the Workplace

September 26, 2017 - 14:43
Link: Marijuana in the WorkplaceArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Drug Free America and National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance 

Venice wants to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

September 26, 2017 - 14:27
Link: Venice wants to ban medical marijuana dispensariesArticle Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tuesday, September 26, 2017Tags:

Council members cite lack of local control as reason. The city of Venice will ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits, because current state statutes do not allow any form of local regulation above those placed on pharmacies. 
In moving toward prohibiting dispensaries, Venice joins the city of Sarasota and town of Longboat Key, though Sarasota is looking to modify its approach that would treat dispensaries the same as stand-alone pharmacies.

Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deaths

September 3, 2017 - 20:49
Link: Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deathsArticle Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017Sunday, September 3, 2017Tags:

The Post reported a 40 percent increase in the number of all drivers, impaired or otherwise, involved in fatal crashes in Colorado between 2013 and 2016. That’s why the Colorado State Patrol posts fatality numbers on electronic signs over the highways.
“Increasingly potent levels of marijuana were found in positive-testing drivers who died in crashes in Front Range counties, according to coroner data since 2013 compiled by The Denver Post. Nearly a dozen in 2016 had levels five times the amount allowed by law, and one was at 22 times the limit. Levels were not as elevated in earlier years,” The Post explained.
All drivers in marijuana-related crashes who survived last year tested at levels indicating use within a few hours of the tests.
The Post found fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol grew 17 percent from 2013 to 2015. Figures for 2016 were not available. Drivers testing positive for pot during that span grew by 145 percent, and “prevalence of testing drivers for marijuana use did not change appreciably, federal fatal-crash data show.”

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