The Opioid Crisis Could Cost a Half Million Lives in the Next Decade

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The Opioid Crisis Could Cost a Half Million Lives in the Next Decade | Phillip Smith

The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in mid-August, showed a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths last year, with 49,000 related to heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids. According to the authors of a study released last week in the American Journal of Public Health, that could be the new normal. The study, by […]

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Denver Mayor Ignores Science in Opioid Response Strategic Plan

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Denver Mayor Ignores Science in Opioid Response Strategic Plan | Kevin Mahmalji

DENVER, CO — During Denver’s State of the City Address, Mayor Michael Hancock addressed many of the biggest issues facing residents of the Mile High City — including his plan to respond to the city’s opioid epidemic. With Denver’s Office of the Medical Examiner reporting 110 overdose fatalities involving opioids in 2017 and data from Denver Needs Assessment […]

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Medical Marijuana Access Leads to Significant Reduction in Prescription Opioid Use, Study Finds

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Medical Marijuana Access Leads to Significant Reduction in Prescription Opioid Use, Study Finds | Paul Armentano

The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with significant reductions in prescription opioid use among Medicaid enrollees, according to just-published data in the journal Addiction. Investigators with the University of California at San Diego assessed the relationship between medical cannabis legalization and opioid use among Medicaid enrollees over a period of 21 years (1993 to 2014). […]

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Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program

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Opioid Use Declines Among Pain Patients in Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

ST. PAUL,  MN — Patients with intractable pain reduce their use of prescription opioids following cannabis therapy, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. Investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis access program. Among those patients known to be taking opiates for pain […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Rates of Opioid Use Among Pain Patients With HIV

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Rates of Opioid Use Among Pain Patients With HIV | NORML

NEW YORK, NY — HIV patients suffering from chronic pain are far less likely to use prescription opioid drugs if they consume cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of investigators from the City University of New York School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine […]

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Improving Medical Marijuana Programs Will Help Combat Opioid Crisis

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Improving Medical Marijuana Programs Will Help Combat Opioid Crisis | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access has released “Medical Cannabis as a Tool to Combat Pain and the Opioid Crisis: A Blueprint for State Policy.” Released Thursday, the blueprint outlines legislative and regulatory solutions related to medical cannabis that states can utilize to combat the opioid epidemic. Medical cannabis is a proven alternative to […]

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Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use

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Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use | NORML

BOSTON, MA — Patients who have used medical cannabis following musculoskeletal injury report that it relieves pain symptoms and reduces their level of opioid intake, according to survey data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Harvard Medical School investigators surveyed 500 patients at a pair of orthopedic outpatient clinics. Of those respondents who acknowledged […]

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Topical Cannabis Preparations Associated With Reduced Opioid Use

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Topical Cannabis Preparations Associated With Reduced Opioid Use | NORML

TORONTO, ON —  The administration of whole-plant topical cannabis extracts is associated with reduced pain and opioid use in patients suffering from leg and ankle ulcers due to Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG), according to a series of case reports published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain Symptom Management. Researchers from the University of Toronto evaluated the […]

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Study: Opioid Prevalence Falls Following Medical Cannabis Legalization

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Study: Opioid Prevalence Falls Following Medical Cannabis Legalization | Paul Armentano

The implementation of medical marijuana programs is associated with a decrease in the prevalence of opioids detected among fatally injured drivers, according to data published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers at Columbia University in New York and the University of California at Davis performed a between-state comparison of opioid positivity rates in […]

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