The Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health co-hosted a forum in October, America’s Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact, which focused on elevating high-impact solutions to the nation’s opioid epidemic. A report was also released, containing recommendation for effectively combating the epidemic.
Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) publicly endorsed the bipartisan Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Schatz (D-HI) and the Medical Marijuana Research Act introduced by Congressman Harris (R-MD).
SAM Action is joined in support by multiple national medical organizations including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Pain Society. If passed, the bills would facilitate legitimate scientific research into the medicinal components of the raw marijuana plant, evading traditional barriers in the marijuana research process.
In 2015, SAM released a six-point plan proposing actionable ways to research marijuana's medical potential responsibly. To date, three of the six recommendations have been adopted.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health Shows Soaring Marijuana Use Among All Americans 12 and Older; Heavy Use Also on the Rise
National survey highlights jump in pot use among young adults in era of marijuana legalization; Almost twice as many adolescents regularly use marijuana than cigarettes
Every day, 7,000 new people try marijuana for the first time -- a figure far greater than trends seen in the early 2000s. The number of daily or near-daily users of marijuana in 2016 doubled compared to the number of heavy users about a decade ago. Use rose significantly among age groups 12 and up, 18 and up, and 26 and up. Almost twice as many 12-17-year-olds are using pot as compared to cigarettes on a past-month basis. And among those 18 and over, there has been a significant jump in the percent of marijuana users who are unemployed as compared to 2015.
While some "Experts" say the danger to LE from Opioid Exposure is overstated, the stories keep coming in:
Here are some more news stories about officers being exposed to Opioid poisoning:
In Washington State legal sale of marijuana began July 8, 2014. A voluntary, anonymous roadside study was conducted to assess the prevalence of drivers testing positive for alcohol and other drugs including marijuana on Washington’s roads. Data was collected in three waves, before implementation of legal sales, about 6 months after implementation, and one year after implementation. Of almost 2,500 participants, 14.6 percent of drivers, 19.4 percent of drivers, and 21.8 percent of drivers were THC-positive in Waves 1, 2, and 3, respectively.
Examination of the Legalization and Decriminalization of Marijuana on the DWI System: Highlights from the Expert Panel Meeting
In accordance with the MAP-21 Act, NHTSA and GHSA convened an expert panel to study recreational and/or medical marijuana laws and their effect on driving, including law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, probation, toxicologists, and highway safety officials. The panel identified changes to the DWI system following enactment of laws legalizing and/or decriminalizing marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes; identified lessons learned; and found measures that should be used to evaluate these laws and their impact on traffic safety and the DWI system.
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