Substance Use

FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatment

FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatment

Warning letters about products illegally marketed as treatments for opioid addiction, pain, and anxiety have been sent to 2 companies, the FDA said Tuesday.

Prescription Digital Therapeutic reSET Now Available for Patients With SUD

Prescription Digital Therapeutic reSET Now Available for Patients With SUD

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Sandoz and Pear Therapeutics announced the availability of reSET, the first prescription digital therapeutic for patients with substance use disorder.

Cannabis Use, Cannabis Use Disorder Linked to Psychotic, Depressive Symptoms

Cannabis Use, Cannabis Use Disorder Linked to Psychotic, Depressive Symptoms

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Two studies indicate a link between cannabis use and mental health concerns, starting in adolescence and continuing into adulthood.

Risk Factors Identified for Suicidal Ideation in Substance Use Disorders

Risk Factors Identified for Suicidal Ideation in Substance Use Disorders

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A new study examines a link between first-onset suicidal ideation and substance use disorders.

Association Between Opioid and Benzodiazepine Misuse and Suicidal Ideation

Association Between Opioid and Benzodiazepine Misuse and Suicidal Ideation

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Investigators sought to determine whether opioid and benzodiazepine use and misuse were associated with past-year suicidal ideation in older adults in the United States.

Patterns of Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use in Adolescents

Patterns of Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use in Adolescents

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The majority of adolescents taking prescription opioids for non-medical purposes were found to get these drugs from someone else.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Reach Record Number in United States

Opioid Overdose Deaths Reach Record Number in United States

The number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States reached a new record last year with 72,000 deaths, which works out to about 200 a day.

These Tools May Help Providers and Policymakers to Address the Opioid Crisis

These Tools May Help Providers and Policymakers to Address the Opioid Crisis

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The Stopping the Transmission of Opioids to the Next Generation tool allows clinicians treating women of childbearing age with opioid use disorder to estimate risks associated with pregnancies in this patient population.

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

Many patients in a workers' compensation cohort have persistent opioid use.

Cannabis Use in Adolescence Associated With Poorer Mental Health Outcomes

Cannabis Use in Adolescence Associated With Poorer Mental Health Outcomes

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These results provide strong evidence for the deleterious and prolonged effects of cannabis use in adolescence.

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

Recreational marijuana recently became legal in Canada, and while many welcome the move, others have serious concerns.

One in seven U.S. adults used marijuana in 2017

Adults aged 18 to 34 had the highest frequency of marijuana use compared with all other age groups. A small percentage of respondents reported using multiple different forms of marijuana per year.

British Study Shows Cannabis Use Adversely Affects Individuals With Early Psychosis

British Study Shows Cannabis Use Adversely Affects Individuals With Early Psychosis

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Experimental studies have shown that the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis can induce psychotic symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals.

14.6% of US Adults Used Marijuana in the Past Year

14.6% of US Adults Used Marijuana in the Past Year

Overall, 14.6% of US adults report marijuana use in the past year.

Health Professionals Have Role in Warning About Impaired Driving

Health Professionals Have Role in Warning About Impaired Driving

Physicians play an important role in educating individuals about the risks of impaired driving caused by marijuana or opioids.

Regular marijuana use is associated with development of respiratory issues

Marijuana use is associated with increased cough and sputum production. Limited data exists to assess the relationship between marijuana use and pulmonary function and obstructive lung disease.

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

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Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill in June 2018 (S.3032) that would exempt most marijuana-related activities from the Controlled Substances Act when they are allowed under state or tribal law.

Marijuana Use Associated With Poorer Depression Outcomes, Increased Suicidal Ideation

Marijuana Use Associated With Poorer Depression Outcomes, Increased Suicidal Ideation

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These data suggest that marijuana use, particularly non-medical use, is associated with poorer depression and anxiety outcomes in psychiatric patients.

Orbitofrontal Connectivity Associated With Mood, Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescents Who Use Marijuana

Orbitofrontal Connectivity Associated With Mood, Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescents Who Use Marijuana

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Marijuana usage is increasing in adolescents, and the rate of comorbidity with mood and anxiety disorders is high. These findings may aid in identifying adolescents who are potentially at risk.

FDA Warns Against Risks of Contaminated Synthetic Cannabis

FDA Warns Against Risks of Contaminated Synthetic Cannabis

Users of synthetic marijuana products and health care providers should be aware of the risk of bleeding associated with contamination of synthetic cannabinoid products with brodifacoum.

Many US Adults View Marijuana Use Positively

Many US Adults View Marijuana Use Positively

Most US adults believe that marijuana has at least 1 benefit.

Cannabis Associated With Poorer Symptom Course in Anxiety, Mood Disorders

Cannabis Associated With Poorer Symptom Course in Anxiety, Mood Disorders

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These data may be useful to clinicians in gaining insight on the potential risks of cannabis use among their patients with anxiety or mood disorders.

Cannabis Use Prevalence Up Across Adult Age Groups

Cannabis Use Prevalence Up Across Adult Age Groups

Across adult age categories, there was an increase in the prevalence of daily cannabis use after 2007.

Cannabis Use in Adolescents Associated With Symptoms of Psychosis

Cannabis Use in Adolescents Associated With Symptoms of Psychosis

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The association of cannabis use with symptoms of psychosis underscores the need for targeted cannabis use prevention.

Cannabis Use Linked to Psychosis Symptoms in Adolescents

Cannabis Use Linked to Psychosis Symptoms in Adolescents

Cannabis use is associated with psychosis symptoms during adolescence.

Betel Quid Addiction and Implications for Substance Use Disorder

Betel Quid Addiction and Implications for Substance Use Disorder

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New findings suggest that DSM-5 criteria may apply to betel use disorder and offer opportunities to advance the study and understanding of substance use disorder in general.

Factors Identified for Persistent Opioid Use After Pediatric Surgery

Factors Identified for Persistent Opioid Use After Pediatric Surgery

Higher daily average inpatient pain scores and higher postoperative opioid consumption are associated with a subsequent persistent opioid use.

Higher Risk for Substance Abuse Among Reservation-Based American Indian Youth

Higher Risk for Substance Abuse Among Reservation-Based American Indian Youth

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Researchers emphasized the necessity of developing targeted interventions to address such health disparities among American Indian communities.

HIV Viral Suppression Rates in Psychiatric Inpatients With Comorbid Substance Use Disorders

HIV Viral Suppression Rates in Psychiatric Inpatients With Comorbid Substance Use Disorders

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A substantial proportion of these individuals diagnosed with HIV, psychiatric disorders, and substance use disorders are out of care and urgently require intervention.

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

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

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