Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain but increases car crashes and drug overdoses, study suggests

After legalizing marijuana in 2012, Colorado saw fewer hospitalizations for chronic pain but 10 percent more people were hospitalized for car crashes, new UC San Francisco research found.
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The number of unintentional deaths due to prescription drug overdose has risen in recent years due to the increased utilization of opioid analgesics. Pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to visit an emergency department (ED) and is often treated with opioid analgesics. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for primary care providers on prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Source: The Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Contributions Source Type: research
by Drew Rosielle (@drosielle)This is the second in a series of several posts about many aspects of my current thinking about opioids.The first post is here:Part 1 – Introduction, General Disclaimers, Hand-Wringing, and a Hand-Crafted Graph.Over-prescribing fueled the current drug overdose epidemic, and many of us who thought we were stamping out needless suffering contributed to the epidemic.A lot of what I read and believed about opioids early on in my career was wrong.I ’m old enough to remember those heady days in which there was a pretty large and ‘successful’ movement in American medicine to gr...
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CONCLUSION Opioid usage remains high for multiple years in a subset of the adolescent trauma population. Mental health diagnosis rates were substantially lower in injured adolescents than what has been reported in adults. However, overdose and SUD diagnoses occur in over 1 in 10 adolescents within 5 years of their injury. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE Prognostic and epidemiological study, level IV.
Source: The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: PTS 2018 PODIUM PAPERS Source Type: research
In this study of 462 patients with SLE from the population-based Michigan Lupus Epidemiology and Surveillance (MILES) Cohort and 192 frequency-matched persons without SLE, nearly one third (31%) of SLE patients were using prescription opioids during the study period (2014-2015), compared with 8% of persons without SLE (p1 year, and 31 (22%) were concomitantly on two or more opioid medications. Among SLE patients, those using the emergency department (ED) were approximately twice as likely to use prescription opioids (odds ratio [OR] = 2.1; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.3-3.6; p = 0.004). In SLE, the ...
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Jeffrey A. SingerThe Drug Enforcement Administration, having virtually eliminated the diversion of prescription pain relievers into the underground market for nonmedical users, appears to be setting its sights on regulating the medical management of pain, a mission not suited for law enforcement. Acting under the authority of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), the DEA  announced a proposal to reduce, once again, the national production quotas for fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone, and oxymorphone, ...
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AbstractGlobally, chronic pain is a major therapeutic challenge and affects more than 15% of the population. As patients with painful terminal diseases may face unbearable pain, there is a need for more potent analgesics. Although opioid-based therapeutic agents received attention to manage severe pain, their adverse drug effects and mortality rate associated with opioids overdose are the major concerns. Evidences from clinical trials showed therapeutic benefits of cannabis, especially delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinoids reduced neuropathic pain intensity in various conditions. Also, there are reports on using co...
Source: Journal of Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
Back in May, Bruce Schoneboom wrapped up his appointment to the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. The group determined best practices for managing chronic and acute pain—and addressed judicious prescribing of opioids. If you didn’t know: The CDC reports there are 192 overdose deaths in the U.S. every day. Forty percent of The post Dr. Bruce Schoneboom and the HHS Pain Task Force appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine.
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An Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson &Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis in a historic ruling on Monday, marking the first time an opioid manufacturer has been deemed responsible in court and made to pay damages. It could have implications for the slew of lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers and distributors throughout the country. A much bigger federal case before an Ohio judge involves at least 1,600 consolidated lawsuits from cities and counties from across the country, including hard-hit regions like Portsmouth, Ohio and Huntington, W.Va. The nationwide suit was filed in Ohio because ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized legal onetime opioids Source Type: news
BOSTON (CBS) – Some good news when it comes to the opioid crisis. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says opioid-related overdose deaths fell nearly 11-percent in the first six months of this year compared to the first half of last year. One way that people are first introduced to opioids is after dental procedures and researchers in Michigan say thousands of kids a year could become new chronic opioid users after something as simple as having their wisdom teeth removed. Despite the fact that a combination of ibuprofen and Tylenol can effectively treat pain after a tooth extraction, many dentists still off...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis Source Type: news
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