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Effects of marijuana use on impulsivity and hostility in daily life.

Due to a rising rate of marijuana use among young adults, there is a rising interest in how recreational marijuana use affects day-to-day experiences in users. A study published in March 2015 sough to examine the effects of marijuana on impulsivity and interpersonal hostility in daily life. The study followed forty-three participants with no history of substance dependence and monitored their moods using smartphone administered assessments.

Researchers found that on the day of and after marijuana use, participants demonstrated increased impulsivity and also demonstrated increased hostile behaviors, while perceiving high rates of hostility in others. The effects were independent of alcohol use and frequency of marijuana use.

This may be one route by which deleterious effects of marijuana are observed for mental health and psychosocial functioning. Given the increasing prevalence of recreational marijuana use and the potential legalization in some states, further research on the potential consequences of marijuana use in young adults’ day-to-day life is warranted.

For the full study: click here.

Ansell, E. B., Laws, H. B., Roche, M. J., & Sinha, R. (2015). Effects of marijuana use on impulsivity and hostility in daily life. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 148, 136–42. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.029

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Help prevent prescription drug abuse!

Do you have drugs or medications in your medicine cabinet that you no longer use? Do you know how to properly dispose of them?

Modern medicine has helped many people manage conditions and overcome diseases; however, misuse or abuse of medication is a growing problem within Utah and nationally. This leads to a growing number of serious legal and personal consequences, and in some cases, health complications and even death.

Disposing of these medications can help to save lives and the environment. There are two safest disposal methods are permanent disposal bins, and community take-back events.  Both options are free and just require community members to bring their unused medications to the appropriate site.

Community take-back events are held periodically and postings can be found on local health department websites. Additionally there are permanent community collection sites located throughout the state. There are three pharmacy drop boxes in Utah County at the following locations:

Timpview Pharmacy  1055 North 300 West #201 Provo, UT 84604 Dropbox

American Fork Clinic Pharmacy 98 North 110 East #101 American Fork, UT 84003 Dropbox

Central Orem Clinic pharmacy 505 West 400 North  Orem, UT 84057 Envelope

or take the unused prescriptions to your local police station drop box.

For more information go to: http://useonlyasdirected.org

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Physician Dispensing Leads to Over-Prescribing Opioids

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For the full article, click here.

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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“Medical” Marijuana in Arizona…Is Utah Heading Down the Same Path?

Recent legislation in Arizona has allowed for “medical” marijuana. With such broad guidelines for what qualifies as “medical” use, anyone who wants marijuana is able to get it. All it takes is paying a fee and telling a doctor that you have pain. Surely some of these cases are legitimate patients seeking aid, but there is an infinite margin for abuse, as basically anyone is able to obtain the drug for a condition as untraceable as pain. 76% of patients have cards for the vague diagnosis of chronic pain. The next most common recommendation is for cancer, at 3%.

 

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The Impact of Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado

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Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Report:
(Click Link to read entire report. Executive summary to follow.)
The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado
The Impact- Volume 3

Section 1 – Impaired Driving:
• In 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating, there was a 32 percent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in just one year from 2013.
• Colorado marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 92 percent from 2010 – 2014. During the same time period all traffic deaths only increased 8 percent.
• Marijuana-related traffic deaths were approximately 20 percent of all traffic deaths in 2014 compared to half that (10 percent) just five years ago.
• In 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating, toxicology reports with positive marijuana results of active THC results for primarily driving under the influence have increased 45 percent in just one year.

Section 2 – Youth Marijuana Use:
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What Can Be Done About Opioid Painkiller Overprescribing?

Federal government is

  • Supporting states that want to develop programs and policies to prevent prescription painkiller overdose, while ensuring patients’ access to safe, effective pain treatment.
  • Improving patient safety by supplying health care providers with data, tools, and guidance for decision making based on proven practices.
  • Increasing access to mental health and substance abuse treatment through the Affordable Care Act.

States can
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What’s Going on with Marijuana in Utah?

Linda Nelson, SMART Marijuana Task Force Chair, leads discussion at SAMSHA prevention week Marijuana Education Night.
Marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, is a plant that has been used for many purposes. Traditionally, users smoke or injest marijuana to achieve a “high.”

However, some evidence has pushed the exploration of Cannabis for medicinal value.
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