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Participants with severe withdrawal symptoms were more likely to be younger, longtime and frequent users of cannabis, and to have worse mental health.
 
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Cannabis use and cannabinoids influence various immune disorders and treatments, mostly via CB2 regulation, according to a virtual session at the at the ASHP 2020 Midyear meeting.
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According to research conducted at Rush University Medical Center, opioid use may increase patients’ risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
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A pilot study published today in Addiction found that a collaborative approach to treating opioid use disorder that relies heavily on community pharmacists is feasible and may increase adherence and participant satisfaction.
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Decreases in prescription opioid volume over the past 9 years have been driven by changes in clinical use, regulatory, and reimbursement policies, and in progressively more restrictive legislation enacted since 2012.
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Monitoring outpatient prescribing patterns has been a major challenge for the Lifespan health system in Rhode Island, since it has over 1.5 million electronic prescriptions written annually.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has compounded the opioid crisis. 
 
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The FDA-approved generic is therapeutically equivalent to Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals’ acetaminophen injection product (Ofirmev).
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The combination of COVID-19 with opioid-induced respiratory depression, especially in an elderly patient, could be deadly.
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According to the study results, women interested in medical cannabis reported marginally lower levels of support from their primary care provider and significantly less support from specialist physicians.
 
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Webinar participants discuss best practices for pharmacists with patients contending with both issues.
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A CDC report reveals that approximately 9% of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 received an opioid prescription in 2018.