Tag Archives: opioid epidemic

Op-ed: Why medical marijuana may be the answer to the opioid epidemic

America’s opioids crisis has taken a staggering toll, killing more than 42,000 people in 2016 alone and more than 250,000 people over the past decade. On Thursday, underscoring the severity of the crisis, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a statement

More on the two new studies showing how marijuana can help fight the opioid epidemic

Two studies published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine find that the availability of medical and recreational marijuana is linked to lower rates of opiate prescribing. In the first study, Hefei Wen of the University of Kentucky and Jason

New studies link legal marijuana to fewer opioid prescriptions under Medicaid and Medicare

NEW YORK — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it

Op-ed: Fired baseball coach is right there’s a drug problem — but he’s off-base on marijuana

Published: Mar 2, 2018, 1:36 pm • Updated: Mar 2, 2018, 1:36 pm By Jacquielynn Floyd, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — Blaming Colorado for the nation’s drug problem is absurd, and heckling an innocent kid over his state’s political

Marijuana is legal, but D.A.R.E. sticks to its old-school approach

Published: Feb 26, 2018, 5:00 am • Updated: Feb 26, 2018, 7:39 am By Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post. WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — The class had covered bullying, internet safety and good decision-making, and by February, Officer Thaxter could see

Seeking opioid crisis answers at summit, Pete Sessions waged war against marijuana

Published: Feb 22, 2018, 1:18 pm • Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 2:07 pm By Jeff Caplan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram DALLAS — Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic

Do medical marijuana laws reduce opioid overdoses? A new study adds a layer of nuance.

Published: Feb 22, 2018, 11:08 am • Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 11:29 am By John Ingold, The Denver Post As the opioid crisis deepens in many places across the country, an increasing number of researchers and advocates are looking at

Trump sees ‘carnage’ from American drug use but major cities actually getting safer

Published: Jan 29, 2018, 12:00 pm • Updated: Jan 29, 2018, 12:00 pm By Nick Miroff, The Washington Post The use of illegal narcotics in the United States has varied over the years, but by many accounts – including the

Caution and confidence in smaller California towns as recreational marijuana goes legal

Published: Dec 29, 2017, 9:32 am • Updated: Dec 29, 2017, 9:32 am By Scott Wilson, The Washington Post NIPTON, Calif. – In the high desert of eastern California, where a two-lane road and the rail tracks cross, sits a

Patrick Kennedy slams Trump as “all talk” after new opioid overdose figures released

Published: Dec 21, 2017, 10:47 am • Updated: Dec 21, 2017, 3:53 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post The national opioid epidemic escalated in 2016, driven by an unprecedented surge in deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opiates, according

Liquid gold: Doctors rack up profits by drug testing urine

Published: Nov 9, 2017, 3:28 pm • Updated: Nov 9, 2017, 4:05 pm By Fred Schulte & Elizabeth Lucas & Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News The cups of urine travel by express mail to the Comprehensive Pain Specialists lab

How Congress helped drug company lobbyists derail the DEA’s war on opioids

Published: Oct 16, 2017, 9:13 am • Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 9:41 am By Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham, The Washington Post In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the

Watch: Rep. Earl Blumenauer testifies that medical marijuana could solve opioid crisis

Published: Oct 11, 2017, 4:50 pm • Updated: Oct 11, 2017, 5:04 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff As it slowly acknowledges the depths of the opioid epidemic, Congress is failing to recognize that medical marijuana may be a

The devastating American opioid crisis… of 1908

Published: Oct 3, 2017, 11:39 am • Updated: Oct 3, 2017, 11:44 am By Nick Miroff, The Washington Post The president, a swaggering populist from New York, was worried that a national crisis of opiate addiction was weakening America and

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