Primary care physicians discuss challenges of prescribing opioids

At a recent event in Washington, the physicians discussed the challenges of weaning off a person from an opioid or enrolling a patient in a medically assisted program. Erin Krebs, M.D., MPH, health services researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, shared that one does not need high-tech solutions..

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Marijuana legalization without potency restrictions may trigger public health problems, finds study

The clamor for marijuana legalization is growing with each passing day in the United States. At present, nine US states and the District of Columbia have allowed cannabis for recreational purpose and several others are considering to join the legalization wave. However, they have ignored the need to limit the potency of the drug, which..

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Debate over Alabama’s new fentanyl trafficking bill proposing tough mandatory minimum sentences

In January 2018, the Alabama Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill proposing tougher penalties for the distribution and trafficking of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine. The bill prescribed strict mandatory minimum sentences based on the weight of the drug. In a public hearing before the House Health Committee on..

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