Author Archives: Sharif Mohr, MPH, PhD

03 Feb
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DEA releases 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment

Illicit drugs, and the transnational and domestic criminal organizations that traffic them, continue to represent significant threats to public health, law enforcement, and national security in the United States. The opioid threat (controlled prescription drugs, synthetic opioids, and heroin) continues ...

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28 Jan
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Researchers harness the power of big data analytics and machine learning to confirm that marijuana is a gateway drug.

A new analysis of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) published in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence has confirmed the ’gateway drug’ effect of adolescent marijuana use.  In the study, researchers developed a method to ...

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13 Dec
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Large scoping review of hundreds of studies confirms lack of evidence to support marijuana as medicine; harms outweigh benefits.

Since passage of California’s compassionate care act of 1996, intended to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana for its purported ability to prevent wasting and reduce nausea, many states have passed similar legislation allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana ...

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27 Nov
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Parental marijuana use associated with increased risk of substance use among adolescent and young adult offspring.

With legalization gaining traction around the country, more and more states are opting to legalize marijuana for recreational use, much to the detriment of youth and young adults. We know from the large-scale natural experiments being conducted in CO, OR, ...

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04 Nov
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Marijuana industry advertising via social media increases adolescent use of marijuana

In recently published data from the Cannabis Advertising and Social Media study (CASM), youth who engaged with cannabis brands and advertisements on social media were 5 times more likely to have used marijuana over the past year compared to those ...

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23 Oct
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Marijuana increases alcohol consumption in Canadian study

In a recent cohort study of alcohol consumption in Canada, marijuana use was found to increase demand for alcohol.

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