Category Archives: Current Reseach

13 Jan
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Study Finds Drastic Increase in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Opioid-related Diagnoses from 2010-2017

According to a newly published study in JAMA, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased 82%, from 4.0 to 7.3 per 1000 birth hospitalizations in the U.S. between 2010 and 2017. The researchers also found that during the same time-period maternal opioid-related ...

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21 Dec
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California, Nevada, and Oregon See Increase in Youth Marijuana Use

According to the latest results of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), past-year use of marijuana among 12-17 year-olds significantly increased in a handful of states where recreational use of marijuana is legal: in Nevada, past-year use ...

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16 Nov
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Rising Marijuana Potency: A Global Phenomenon

Dr. Sharif Mohr, epidemiologist at Drug Free America Foundation remarked, “These data are concerning because as with any drug, adverse effects such as addiction increase as potency increases. Marijuana also carries unique risks with respect to psychosis and other mental ...

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06 Oct
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Marijuana Use Increases Acute Post-op Pain

Compared to patients undergoing the same surgery who did not use marijuana, those who reported marijuana use prior to surgery needed 12.4 milliliters more anesthesia, 58% more opioids per day during recovery, and experienced greater levels of pain on a ...

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25 Sep
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Prenatal THC Exposure Can Lead to Psychotic Behaviors in Childhood

A new study just published in JAMA Psychiatry found that children of women who used marijuana during pregnancy had an increased incidence of psychotic behaviors. The study looked at 11,489 children enrolled in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, ...

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23 Sep
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Impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use, Opioid Overdose, and Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges for millions of adults with substance use disorders. New obstacles for obtaining treatment exist as do increasing stressors, including isolation, unemployment, and illness.

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09 Sep
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Medical Marijuana No Panacea for Those Suffering With Mood and Anxiety Disorders and PTSD

Dr. Sharif Mohr, epidemiologist for Drug Free America Foundation remarked, “It is the tragic height of irony that PTSD is an approved condition for medical marijuana recommendations in many states. More and more evidence continues to emerge that marijuana is ...

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02 Sep
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Study Finds Marijuana Use Increasing Among Baby Boomers

The marijuana strains commonly found today are much more potent than what baby boomers used in the 60’s and 70’s. Marijuana use carries unique risks for seniors because of the potential for serious interactions with many different medications including certain ...

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27 Aug
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New Study Finds Marijuana Industry Targeting Black and Latino Communities

According to a new study, unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in CA are opening in Black and Latino neighborhoods at a disproportionately high rate, following a similar pattern taken by liquor and tobacco retailers.

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25 Aug
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Employee Drug Testing Positivity at Its Highest in 16 Years According to Quest Diagnostics Report

Quest Diagnostics released its annual Drug Testing Index analysis report revealing that positivity rates for workplace drug testing has dramatically increased over a 16-year period. Based upon over 9 million urine drug tests, the 2019 positivity rate is the highest ...

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