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Does Access to Medical Cannabis Reduce Risk for Opioid Abuse?

Does Access to Medical Cannabis Reduce Risk for Opioid Abuse?

While results so far may seem to support a link between increased access to cannabis and a reduction in prescription opioid use, findings from a study published in 2018 found otherwise.

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Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use Prescription Drugs for Medical, Nonmedical Purposes

Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use Prescription Drugs for Medical, Nonmedical Purposes

Patients who use medical marijuana may be more likely to use prescription drugs for both medical and nonmedical purposes.

First Nonopioid Drug Approved for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

First Nonopioid Drug Approved for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Lucemyra, a selective alpha 2-adrenergic receptor agonist, works by reducing the release of norepinephrine and decreasing sympathetic tone.

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Rx

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Rx

Receipt of opioid-related payments from industry in 2014 was associated with increased opioid prescribing in 2015.

Efficacy of Prazosin in Treating Alcohol Use Disorder

Efficacy of Prazosin in Treating Alcohol Use Disorder

Participants in the prazosin group were more likely to experience dizziness on standing.

Contribution of Synthetic Opioids to Drug Overdose Deaths

Contribution of Synthetic Opioids to Drug Overdose Deaths

Opioids were the leading contributor to drug overdose deaths between 2015 and 2016.

Sources of Misused Opioids in Older Adults

Sources of Misused Opioids in Older Adults

Recent physician-prescribed opioids represent the main source of provenance of the drug in individuals age ≥65 years who misuse them.

Motivations of Stimulant Misuse in Adults in the United States

Motivations of Stimulant Misuse in Adults in the United States

Investigators examined the prevalence of prescription stimulant use, misuse, use disorder, and motivations for misuse in adults in the US from 2015 to 2016.

Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapies May Not Increase MACE

Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapies May Not Increase MACE

There were no observable differences in the incidence of any cardiovascular events across the smoking cessation treatment groups.

Knowledge Not Tied to Addictive Tanning Behavior in Millennials

Knowledge Not Tied to Addictive Tanning Behavior in Millennials

For millennials, sun protection knowledge is not associated with addictive tanning behavior.

Methadone Maintenance Therapy Associated With Greater Access to Physician Care in HCV-Positive Drug Users

Methadone Maintenance Therapy Associated With Greater Access to Physician Care in HCV-Positive Drug Users

The investigators suggest that enrollment in a methadone maintenance therapy program may be helpful in providing access to HCV care in people who inject drugs.

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