Why Marijuana Will Not Fix the Opioid Epidemic

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“Is Marijuana Use for Pain Driving Negative Societal Effects?”

The problem of increased marijuana use has origins in its reported use for pain, but the medical literature is completely void of evidence for the treatment.  Dr. Finn is with Springs Rehabilitation, PC in Colorado Springs, CO. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management and Medicine.

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Study Shows Cannabis Use Increases Risk for Opioid Abuse

The researchers find that marijuana use “appears to increase rather than decrease the risk of developing non-medical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder.” They note their findings support the possibility that the increase in marijuana use since 2001-2002 may have worsened the opioid crisis facing the nation today.

https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.17040413


Why cannabis use is NOT a solution for the opioid epidemic.

“One-year treatment retention was the primary outcome of interest and was measured for patients who did and did not have a cannabis positive urine sample in their first month of treatment, and as a function of the proportion of cannabis-positive urine samples throughout treatment………Patients with baseline cannabis use and heavy cannabis use were at increased risk of dropout”

The impact of cannabis use on patients enrolled in opioid agonist therapy in Ontario, Canada

Background With the Canadian government legalizing cannabis in the year 2018, the potential harms to certain populations-including those with opioid use disorder-must be investigated. Cannabis is one of the most commonly used substances by patients who are engaged in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, the effects of which are largely unknown.


Doctors Dispute Notion that Marijuana Solves Opioid Crisis

 

Easing access to marijuana is not a way to solve the opioid epidemic

he take-home message from research published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine – let’s liberalize access to marijuana as a way to address the raging opioid epidemic – captured the public imagination. We disagree. Supporting medical or recreational marijuana as an alternative to opioids for conditions like chronic pain is a bad idea, especially for America’s youths.


New Study out of Australia Finds Cannabis Not Effective for Pain, Not Reducing Opioid Use

Effect of cannabis use in people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed opioids: findings from a 4-year prospective cohort study


Pain Doctor Challenges Dr. Gupta’s About Cannabis as Solution to Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Ken Finn, a pain doctor in Colorado Springs, responds to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Advocacy of Cannabis.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta misleads: No evidence marijuana helps curb opioid addiction

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been supporting the use of marijuana to curb the opioid crisis. But Gupta does not have specialty training in pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, or anesthesia.


There you go again, Dr. Gupta

This is the original opinion piece Dr. Finn is responding to. As Ilona Mager, the President of Parents Opposed to Pot says, ‘“Nothing is made better with drugs.”

In embracing medical cannabis, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta cultivates another ethical quagmire

In a promo for his upcoming report on the role of marijuana in alleviating the opioid crisis, CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, beckons viewers: “Join us as we investigate a search for answers and meet potential pioneers and outspoken critics. Whether you struggle with opioids or know one of the millions who do, …


Congress Focus on Opioids, Misses Larger Crisis

“We still haven’t built a functioning addiction treatment system,” said Corey Waller, who chairs the legislative advocacy committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. “Because as soon as opioids are done, it’s marijuana, and it will always be alcohol, then now we have methamphetamine coming up.” “We have crossed the paths of where the illicit side is now the leading problem. Fentanyl, heroin and other adulterants out there are our problem,” Robert Patterson, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in May.

Congress’ Focus on Opioids Misses Larger Crisis

By SANDHYA RAMAN, ANDREW SIDDONS and MARY ELLEN McINTIRE Congress faced a startling public health and political problem throughout 2016 as the number of people dying from opioid addiction climbed. The number of Americans succumbing to drug overdoses more than tripled between 1999 and 2015, affecting a whiter and more geographically diverse population than previous drug crises.

NEW SCIENCE! Here are Five key studies:

A groundbreaking study in The Lancet found that marijuana use over four years actually made it harder for patients to cope with chronic pain, and did not reduce their use of opioids. A study in Frontiers in Psychiatry found that increasing self-exposure to non-medical marijuana was a predictor of greater odds of opioid dependence diagnosis. A study in the International Review of Psychiatry found an increased rate of serious mental illness in states that had legalized medical marijuana. In JAMA: “(The) associated acute and long-term psychoactive effects on brain function (of marijuana) are…known. Expanding use of cannabis among pregnant and lactating women (as likely will occur with legalization) may lead to increased risk from fetal and child exposures if the teratogenic potential of cannabis remains underappreciated.”

Cannabis, a Significant Risk Factor for Violent Behavior in the Early Phase Psychosis. Two Patterns of Interaction of Factors Increase the Risk of Violent Behavior: Cannabis Use Disorder and Impulsivity; Cannabis Use Disorder, Lack of Insight and Treatment Adherence.

Cannabis, a Significant Risk Factor for Violent Behavior in the Early Phase Psychosis. Two Patterns of Interaction of Factors Increase the Risk of … – PubMed – NCBI

Front Psychiatry. 2018 Jul 4;9:294. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00294. eCollection 2018.

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