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Unintended Consequences

There are many unintended consequences that are associated with marijuana use. Youth are especially affected when marijuana is legalized in a state. Here is a flyer with some of those unintended consequences listed that have occurred in both Arizona and Colorado.

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Physician Dispensing Leads to Over-Prescribing Opioids

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In 2010, Florida banned physicians from directly giving medication to patients. After this ban, Florida saw a noticeable drop in the total number of strong opioids dispensed, and an increase in weaker medications, like ibuprofen. This shows that before the ban, doctors were prescribing more strong medications than was necessary, opening  patients up to a higher risk of addiction and work loss. The lesson from this: physicians need to decrease opioid prescriptions and increase weaker prescriptions.

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Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Chronic Pain and Other Medical and Psychiatric Problems

This information is all gathered from an article by Kevin P Hill in the JAMA magazine published June 23, 2015 Volume 313, Number 24.

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When is it a good idea to try medical marijuana to combat medical problems you may be facing?

Medical marijuana should not be your first option. “While medical marijuana is not a first-line treatment for chronic pain, it is reasonable to consider medical marijuana as a treatment after other treatments have failed.” Marijuana is not just a drug that can be used to treat any condition. Just like all drugs, there are some things it is designed to help with more than others. “In general, the evidence supporting the use of marijuana and cannabinoids for other conditions aside from the FDA indications and chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity resulting from multiple sclerosis is either equivocal or weak.”
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How to Contact Your Legislators

 

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Find your Utah State Legislators on the le.utah.gov website. Put in your address or click on the map.
Once you know who represents you , you can also email or call your senators and representatives. These links lead to the contact information of each senator and representative in Utah.
You may also want to contact senators and representatives who are heavily involved in issues you care about. Find their contact info these lists as well.
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