Smoking Most Prevalent Mode of Lifetime Marijuana Use Among Adults; 30% Report Consuming in Edibles and 10% Report Vaporizing

December 7, 2015 0

Slightly more than one-third (35%) of adults reported ever using marijuana in 2014, according to data from a nationally representative consumer panel survey. Among those adults, smoking was reported as the most prevalent mode of marijuana use. A majority of users reported smoking joints (89%), around one-half reported using bongs, waterpipes, or hookahs (49%) or bowls or pipes (48%), and one-fourth (25%) smoked marijuana in blunts. Other modes of marijuana use included ingesting marijuana in […]

Study Finds the Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Doubled Over Past Decade

October 26, 2015 0

The percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorder during that time was nearly as large. Past year marijuana use rose from 4.1 percent to 9.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, while the prevalence of marijuana use disorder rose from 1.5 percent to 2.9 percent, according to national surveys conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse […]

E-Cigarettes Being Used to Vaporize Marijuana

October 7, 2015 0

E-cigarettes are being used by more people to smoke marijuana or synthetic drugs, CNNreports. People use the devices to get high without police, parents or teachers knowing. E-cigarette devices, known as vape pens, are showing up in a growing number of drug busts, according to CNN. It is almost impossible to tell whether a person is using them to smoke nicotine, marijuana concentrate or synthetic drugs such as K2 or Spice. “It’s the concealment method; […]

Commentary: Revisiting the Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Children

October 6, 2015 0

In December 2011, Join Together published a commentary entitled “Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children.” The article stressed that future laws legalizing marijuana use should have strict provisions designed to prevent underage consumption. In the intervening 44 months, four states plus the District of Columbia have legalized the personal use and possession of small amounts of marijuana,[1] the number of states allowing the medicinal use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions has increased […]

Baltimore Sun Editorial on Opioid Misuse

October 5, 2015 0

The statistics are sobering. Last year, nearly 900 Marylanders died from opioid misuse, including 578 from heroin alone, which means that opioid deaths account for more than 85 percent of all intoxication deaths throughout the state. And the problem is worsening; the 2014 data represent a 22 percent increase from the previous year and a 76 percent increase since 2010. Opioids are painkillers, like morphine and others, and the stories of the pain they cause […]

Why Medical Marijuana Can Still Get You Fired in Illinois

September 4, 2015 0

Although the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act prohibits employers from discriminating against a marijuana patient, the act permits companies to drug test, enforce zero-tolerance policies, and discipline qualifying patients for violations. The Illinois law does not protect patients from being fired for failing a drug test. Employers can accommodate a worker’s medical marijuana use, but they are not required to do so. The Illinois Human Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities […]

Past Month Alcohol Use Among U.S. 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders Continues to Decline; Approaching Levels of Marijuana Use

August 3, 2015 0

Alcohol use among middle and high school students continues to decline to record lows, according to data from the 2014 national Monitoring the Future survey. The percentage of 12th graders reporting past month alcohol use decreased from highs above 70% in the late 1970’s to 37% in 2014, the lowest rate since data collection began in 1975. Use among 8th and 10th graders has also declined, reaching record lows in 2014. While alcohol continues to […]

45% of painkiller users do not know they are taking opioids

July 27, 2015 0

Forty-five percent of Americans who use opioid prescription painkillers do not realize they are taking an opioid, or that the drug is just as addictive as heroin, according to a National Safety Councilsurvey. In fact, opioid painkillers and heroin have nearly identical chemical makeups and produce the same effects. Drug overdoses, largely from opioid painkillers, are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American adults. The epidemic is a primary focus of National Safety Month, observed […]

Shocking News– Advertising influences youth on marijuana!

July 8, 2015 0

Viewing ads for medical marijuana may influence middle school students to use the drug, a new study suggests. Students in sixth through eighth grades who saw ads for medical marijuana were twice as likely as others to have used the drug or to say they intended to use it in the future, the study found. The study included more than 8,200 middle school students in Southern California, HealthDay reports. In the first year of the […]

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