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Marijuana Legalization Continues to Grow: Three States Approve New Pot Laws

As the dust from the November 2018 election settles, voters in three states voted to approve new marijuana laws. Michiganders will soon have access to recreational marijuana, bringing the number of states that allow for recreational consumption to 10. Missouri and Utah voters cast their ballots for the use of medical marijuana. In total, 33 […]




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Gaming Addiction: World Health Organization Recognizes “Gaming Disorder” as a New Condition

A certain segment of the American population, though fewer as the years go by, will remember the Atari 2600, the first home videogame console on the market, released around 1980. Obviously, this was pre-internet when it wasn’t uncommon to see at least a few neighborhood arcades where kids, pockets sagging with quarters, played videogames like […]




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Hemp Might be Removed from Controlled Substance List: Federal Lawmaker Lobbying for Legalized Hemp Farming in the U.S.

There’s a fine line or, if you prefer, rope between hemp and marijuana, though the two plants, have long been lumped together. Ever since the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, it’s been illegal for U.S. farmers to grow the once thriving cash crop. That might be about to change. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is […]




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Marijuana Legalization in Canada: Oh Cannabis, Glorious and Free

The United States’ friendly neighbor to the north is set to make continental history by legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana. Canada will be the first country in North America to enact these measures and in the world, only second to Uruguay. But the process hasn’t come without it’s difficulties. “There’s no exact date, but […]




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Monitoring the Future Survey, 2017: The Annual Report on Teen Drug Use

Data for the 2017 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF), which polls eighth, 10th and 12th graders about illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco use annually, came out last month. The big picture is positive overall with teens using fewer illicit opioids, such as prescription painkillers, though officials expressed concern over the popularity among this young demographic […]




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FDA Approves Sublocade as a Monthly Injection for Opioid Addiction

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new weapon in the fight against opioid use disorder (OUD) at the end of November. Sublocade is a once-a-month injectable form of buprenorphine, a medication used in treating people with moderate to severe opioid addiction. “Given the scale of the opioid crisis, with millions of Americans already affected, […]




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Declaring the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency Falls Short of What’s Needed

In late October, President Trump spoke about how his brother, Fred Trump Jr., battled alcoholism and died an early death, at 43 years old. In the same speech, the president declared the crisis of opioid overdose deaths and addiction a federal public-health emergency. What Happens by Declaring a Public Health Emergency? The Public Health Emergency […]




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FDA Warning – Dangerous Opioid Treatment Medication Interactions

Late last month the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that oversees the efficacy and safety of medications prescribed to Americans, issued a new warning, which might complicate treatment for people addicted to opioids. Medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction, such as methadone or buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, can pose a […]




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Smoke Less: Teenage Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use Drops

It’s more been more than a half-century since nonprofit organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association launched their first anti-smoking campaigns. While it’s difficult to comprehend now, cigarette commercials, like the one below for Belair Cigarettes, were commonplace until the Public Health Cigarette Smoke Act of 1970 banned radio and […]




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Legalized Marijuana Might Go Up in Smoke From Pesticides and Politics

Before the ink on new marijuana laws has even dried, there are looming signs of trouble. To coin a phrase, where there’s smoke, there might be a federal raid underway. In 2016, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts joined a handful of other states by legalizing the use, cultivation and sale of not just medicinal marijuana, […]




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