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More young people begin recreational cannabis use illegally in states that legalize it — ScienceDaily

Once a state legalizes recreational cannabis, residents are more likely to start using it, including those too young to do so legally, report researchers at University of California San Diego. The findings, published online in the May 26, 2022 issue of Addiction, counter claims that legalization does not increase cannabis use, particularly among youth. The […]

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Recreational marijuana access reduces demand for prescription drugs — ScienceDaily

Legalization of recreational marijuana reduces demand for costly prescription drugs through state Medicaid programs, according to an analysis by a Cornell researcher and a collaborator. When states legalize marijuana, the volume of prescriptions within the drug classes that align with the medical indications for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures significantly decline, the researchers […]

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‘We don’t think of Baby Boomers as recreational drug users, but it’s a growing problem’ — ScienceDaily

A common stereotype for an “older adult” might include early-bird specials, dentures and tickets to the matinee show. A new Northwestern Medicine study that analyzed 20 years of fatal opioid overdose data in adults 55 and older paints a much different picture. Between 1999 and 2019, opioid-related overdose deaths increased exponentially in U.S. adults ages […]

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Passage of recreational cannabis laws leads to some rise in use but not for all demographics — ScienceDaily

The U.S. is seeing an increased use of cannabis resulting from its legalization for recreational purposes, according to a study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings showed that passage of the laws led to a rise in the odds of past-year and past-month cannabis use among individuals of Hispanic, Other […]