A study published this week in The Lancet Public Health examines how we can use our income assistance systems to address drug use and drug-related harm.
What The Study Did: Data from the Ohio Department of Health were used to evaluate changes in drug overdose mortality in that state by type of drug and age of the user during the first seven months of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Some medical cannabis producers claim that their products contain THC, the metabolite that causes a "high." Other products are advertised as only containing CBD, which does not cause intoxication. This new study finds that producers' claims are sometimes inaccurate, leaving patients at risk of ingesting THC without meaning to, of getting no CBD at all from CBD-labeled products, or of getting no THC from THC-labeled products.
Using an innovative protein-based approach, VA researchers and their academic colleagues have found genes and corresponding proteins that could point the way to new depression treatments.
How long are you impaired after cannabis use? New analysis defines durations of impairment after inhaled or oral THC doses. The findings raise questions about drug-driving laws that penalise drivers for any THC presence and not impairment.
Adolescents who frequently see billboard or storefront advertisements for recreational cannabis are more likely to use the drug weekly and to have symptoms of a cannabis use disorder, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology?Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published the Clinical Practice Guideline: Opioid Prescribing for Analgesia After Common Otolaryngology Operations today in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This specialty-specific guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on postoperative management for pain in common otolaryngologic procedures, with a focus on opioids.
This study is the first to report the national prevalence of personal, civic and economic achievements among people in addiction recovery. The majority of Americans who have resolved an alcohol or other drug problem report achievements related to self-improvement, family engagement, and civic and economic participation since resolving their addiction. It appears these achievements accumulate with time in addiction recovery.
Among people with opioid use disorder (OUD), more than half have reported contact with the criminal justice system. A new study published today in Health Affairs reveals that Medicaid expansion is associated with substantial improvements in access to medications for OUD. However, the study also reveals that individuals referred for treatment by the criminal justice system were substantially less likely to receive medications for OUD as part of the treatment plan.
A new VA study finds that combat experience is linked to a higher risk of alcohol use to cope with PTSD symptoms. But the connection is weaker when accounting for the severity of the PTSD. Dr. Shannon Blakey, a postdoctoral fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Durham VA Health Care System in North Carolina, led the study.