How the Opioid Epidemic Impacts Seniors

The U.S. is currently experiencing a prescription opioid epidemic, according to End the Epidemic. The CDC states the number of drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 5% from 2018 to 2019 and over 70% of the 70,630 deaths in 2019 involved an opioid. Clearly this is devastating countless lives and something must be done.

When many people think about the opioid crisis, it’s easy to envision illegal alley exchanges or individuals taking opioids in dark, concealed rooms. The truth is that opioids are prescribed by a doctor or medical facility for treatments of common symptoms, chronic pain, and recovery from surgery.

DrugAbuse.com defines opioids as a class of drugs that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine and morphine. 

Older adults may not understand how to take their medications correctly or understand the consequences of overusing their medication. Kathleen Cameron with the National Council on Aging has stated that “older adults are actually misusing and becoming addicted to opioids as a result of pain management or depression.”

An additional problem can be found with drug-seeking family members or caregivers of an older adults. The prescribed opioids can be stolen and used or sold, or the older adult may be abused or coerced into giving the drug seeker the medication.

It’s crucial to identify opioid-dependent behavior in older adults, as an overuse disorder can be deadlier for older adults than younger individuals. It’s equally as important to ensure medications are only used for the patient to which the medication was prescribed.

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WVU Studying CBD Effects on Driving

If you feel like you see CBD products everywhere, you’re not crazy! CBD oil and products have been a rapidly growing industry since the U.S. Farm Bill in 2018 legalized industrial hemp. Since then, there’s been an explosion of CBD products, brands, and shops.

While many people tout the benefits of CBD oil, its still a largely unstudied substance. We don’t really know the effects it has on various organs or body systems, nor do we know its long-term effects. We also haven’t studied the safety of certain tasks, such as driving after ingesting CBD oil.

West Virginia University decided to find out.

Tucked away in a basement room on WVU’s campus, you’ll find the Driving Simulation Lab. The simulator includes a steering wheel, pedals and turn signals. A computer screen enables participants a visual experience of driving; they can watch the road, pedestrians and stop lights.

WVU Professor Toni Marie Rudisill studies drunk driving, distracted driving, and medications that impact driving. When CBD oil became popular on campus, Rudisill just had to wonder what the effects were for driving and she took action.

Participants of the study were divided into two groups. One group received a 3 ML or a 300 mg dose of CBD oil and the other received a placebo. The simulator judged any impairments based on collisions, lane departures, turn signal usage, and swerving, among other criteria.

Once Rudisill’s study concludes and the results are published, she hopes to conduct a larger study to test more doses.

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Can CBD Treat COVID-19?

As more research comes out in favor of CBD oil, scientists are turning to CBD oil as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

CBD oil is known to help modulate the immune system, and this characteristic prompted scientists to see if CBD oil could stabilize cytokine storms and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Immunologist Babak Baban and his team in Georgia artificially induced ARDS in mice, creating a cytokine storm and respiratory distress.

“We saw all the classic signs of the disease,” Baban says. “The oxygen dropped, we saw the invasion of inflammatory cells, we saw the destruction of the lung structure.” Then the team injected some of the mice with CBD isolate (CBD without any other cannabinoids).

Within a few hours, the mice oxygen level normalized, as did their blood work. In fact, every damaged mouse who received the CBD was either partially or totally recovered.

Baban noticed that apelin, a peptide that helps reduce inflammation, was nearly zero in the mice with ARDS. After administering CBD, apelin increased by 20 times, and the mice started to recover.

“Apelin is widely presented in the lungs, heart, and digestive system,” Baban explains, “and can be important for homeostasis and rebalancing the immune system.”

The study was published in the September journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

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Politicians Ready to Legalize Marijuana

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer strongly supports the legalization of marijuana and is ready to move forward with his position, even if President Biden isn’t.

“When a few of the early states – Oregon and Colorado – wanted to legalize, all the opponents talked about the parade of horribles: Crime would go up. Drug use would go up. Everything bad would happen,” Schumer said. “The parade of horribles never came about, and people got more freedom. And people in those states seem very happy.” 

Schumer introduced a legalization bill in 2018 but has yet to see it be passed. He has continued to hit roadblocks with Biden’s conservative approach to marijuana legalization, stating that more research is needed of its safety.

“President Biden needs to join Schumer and the American people on the right side of history and, if he will not join them in calling for a correction to this long-running injustice, Congress should force his hand by putting legislation to end our failed prohibition on his desk as soon as possible,” Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said. 

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What’s the Difference Between CBD, Hemp, and Marijuana?

It’s easy to be confused about the differences between CBD, hemp, and marijuana. Let’s examine these in more detail below.

Hemp and marijuana belong to the same species of plant called Cannabis sativa. However, what sets these two substances apart is their psychoactive component: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Hemp has 0.3% or less THC, which is not enough THC to give you a “high” that is often associated with marijuana.

Hemp is legal to grow and sell in the United States.

CBD is a cannabinoid that can involve receptors for pain, appetite, depression, anxiety, and more. CBD doesn’t hold a legal or illegal status; some states heavily regulate CBD oil as they do marijuana, while others permit its production and use.

Marijuana contains CBD and more THC than hemp, which gives you the euphoric sensation of the drug. Marijuana remains federally illegal in the United States, but 15 states have legalized its recreational use.

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Maine Considering Drug Decriminalization Law

In February, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize the possession of hard drugs. Now, Maine may be following suit.

As Maine continues to experience high death tolls from the opioid epidemic, legislators are debating a new approach.

LD 967, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Anne Perry of Calais, allows individuals in possession of a small amount of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine to only be fined and referred to an addiction recovery program.

The sale of illegal drugs would still remain illegal.

Perry states her hope is that more people could receive treatment through an addiction recovery program, which would result in longer, lasting change. Despite Perry’s confidence, law enforcement is concerned that the bill would make it more difficult to enforce trafficking laws.

Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington state are also considering decriminalizing drug possession.

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Ohio Invests in New Drug Tech to Improve Investigator Safety

In the past few years, narcotics officers has seen a sharp increase in new synthetic opioids that are far more dangerous than original drugs. One such drug is carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more than fentanyl, according to the CDC.

These substances can be dangerous simply to handle, and narcotics officers in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. are likely to come across them on the job.

In order to protect their officers and reduce the time involved with drug scenes, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) have invested in a new technology called the MX908.

The MX908 is the world’s only handheld mass spectrometer that analyzes chemicals by separating particles according to mass.

“When just a speck of fentanyl can cause an overdose or death, equipping our task force officers with a device that can safely field test and identify deadly narcotics is a lifesaver,” OOCIC Executive Director Rocky Nelson said.

“Not only do the devices provide instant preliminary results but, more importantly, reduces the risk of exposure to our staff,” Ohio BCI Superintendent Joe Morbitzer said.

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Fentanyl-laced Drugs in New York

After multiple suspected overdoses, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy is warning that cocaine and heroin are being laced with fentanyl.

This doesn’t come as a big surprise, as illegal drugs have been harder to obtain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Law enforcement has been cautioning for months about the probability of an increase in deadlier illegal drugs.

When fentanyl is mixed with cocaine, it can have a blueish or purplish tint. On the streets on New York, and the drug has been referred to as “blue heroin.”

Although New York deputies have used Narcan to reverse the effects of cocaine, it isn’t as effective with fentanyl-laced drugs. This increases the chances of overdose-related death.

Officials are urging all individuals to be aware of the possibility of fentanyl-laced drugs. This includes family, friends, and support groups for those in high-risk categories.

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CBD Products Ineffective in Reducing Coke Cravings

CBD products are seemingly everywhere. They can be purchased locally, in big and small shops, or online from the comfort of your own home.

There are countless options for the consumption of CBD. You can apply it to your body with skin and hair products. You can breathe it in with cigarettes and vape products. You can ingest it in the form of gummies, tea, edibles, food, supplements, and more.

CBD has long been accredited as a treatment to reduce the cravings of cocaine, eventually helping cocaine users break their addictions. However, that is not what a recent Canadian study shows.

The clinical trial randomly divided 78 people with cocaine addiction into two groups. One group received 800 mg a day of cannabidiol, the other, a placebo.

The participants had a 10-day hospital stay for detox and were sent home. Follow-up included weekly assessments for the next three months.

“In our study, the use of CBD was not more effective than a placebo in treating cocaine use disorder,” said study author Violaine Mongeau-Pérusse, a doctoral student at the research center.

“Although it is safe and produces only mild side effects, CBD reduces neither the craving to use cocaine nor the risk of a user’s relapse after detoxification.”

The study was recently published in the journal Addiction.

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CBD Products Still Banned for DOD

CBD products are seemingly everywhere. CBD shops, both small and large, can be found in almost every town. Anyone can order CBD products online from the privacy and comfort of their home.

CBD products in great variety–and even creativity–to attract a customer’s eye. Such products include but are not limited to gummy chews, cigarettes and vape pens, skin and hair oils, skin creams, and sleep medications. CBD can also be used during personal care treatments at nail salons and massage therapists.

However, despite CBD’s wide availability, individuals under the Department of Defense (DOD) are prohibited from using CBD or hemp oil products.

CBD is still largely unregulated and often contains small amounts of THC. For these reasons, the DOD considers CBD an illicit drug.

An excerpt from Army Regulation 600-85, dated July 23, 2020, reads as follows: “The use of products made or derived from hemp (as defined in 7 USC. 1639o) … regardless of the product’s THC concentration, claimed or actual, and regardless of whether such product may lawfully be bought, sold and used under the law applicable to civilians, is prohibited.”

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Marijuana Can Be Harmful to Heart Patients

New evidence suggests that smoking marijuana–whether recreationally or medically–is harmful to individuals with heart disease.

The first study found that patients who smoke marijuana and underwent angioplasty (either a scheduled or acute procedure) are more likely to experience stroke and bleeding after the procedure than those who don’t smoke marijuana.

A second study revealed that patients who survived a heart attack and used marijuana are more likely to have a subsequent heart attack than those who did not use cannabis.

“Marijuana is becoming more accessible, and patients should be aware of the increased risk after [angioplasty],” said Dr. Sang Gune Yoo, an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan.

The studies also indicate that more research is needed on the true effects of marijuana, as it is currently an unregulated substance, and data and clear conclusions are difficult to attain.

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Does CBD Reduce Stress?

The popularity of CBD continues to increase, especially during the pandemic. More and more people are turning to CBD oil and products containing CBD to alleviate anxiety, depression, insomnia, and a host of other ailments.

But is CBD all its cracked up to be?

While there is certainly evidence that shows CBD is a fad and doesn’t actually achieve its marketed benefits, neuroscientist Hilary A. Marusak cautions that it’s too soon to tell.

As more people experience anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric conditions during the pandemic, Marusak advises these individuals to not turn immediately to CBD oil. Although the research is indicating positive results from CBD oil, these products aren’t regulated under the FDA and it is therefore challenging to come to a conclusion.

In the meantime, Marusak advises individuals experiencing psychiatric symptoms to speak with their doctor before trying CBD oil and try other old-fashioned advice like exercise.

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The Pandemic Presents Extra Challenges for Individuals with OUD

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Opioid use disorder is a chronic lifelong disorder, with serious potential consequences including disability, relapses, and death.”

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is currently the number one cause of death in Americans under 50 and the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to make the crisis worse.

According to experts, health visits with their provider is crucial for individuals with OUD. Unfortunately, the pandemic has placed restrictions on in-person visits these individuals desperately need.

“Prior to COVID-19, we were not able to initiate outpatient buprenorphine treatment by telehealth as an outpatient practice, but the laws have changed during the pandemic,” said Michelle Lofwall, M.D., professor of behavioral science and psychiatry in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“We are still offering in-person visits as well, under strict COVID protocols. There are some patients who still benefit from and need in-person visits – whether it is because they need the in-person human interaction or there is a need for a physical exam that cannot be done via telemedicine, or they may not have access to the technology or Wi-Fi that allows for videoconferencing.”

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Sign of Addiction

Especially in these stressful and unprecedented times, it’s important to know the signs of addiction. Knowing the signs of addiction can help save a loved one or an employee from lifelong regret and trouble.

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

  • Obsessive thoughts and actions about using or acquiring their drug of choice
  • Disregard of harm caused to family and friends by their drug addiction
  • Even when attempting to break an addiction, they continue to use drugs
  • Denial or dismissal of addiction
  • Hiding drug use

Physical Signs of Addiction

Signs of a current addiction include:

  • Enlarged or small pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Unusual body odors
  • Poor physical coordination
  • Looking unkempt
  • Slurred speech

Signs of drug withdrawal include:

  • Shakiness, trembling, and jumpiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Headaches and fever
  • Confusion and hallucinations
  • Seizures

The psychological signs of a drug addiction include:

  • Anxiousness
  • Inattentiveness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Changes in personality or attitude
  • Emotional and mental withdrawing from people
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Unexplained paranoia

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COVID-19 Impact on the Opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction was already a crisis before COVID-19. Months later, where are we now?

The Overdose detection mapping application program reports that opioid overdoses increased in March 2020 by 18% compared to the same month in 2019, 29% in April 2020, and 42% in May 2020.

In 2019, the United States experienced a record of almost 71,000 opioid-related deaths. But in 2020, over 40 states have already reported an increase in opioid-related deaths during the pandemic.

“Drug users are doubly vulnerable right now. They are vulnerable in terms of increased risk of relapse, increased risk of misuse during the pandemic, but they’re also at increased risk for being infected by Covid and having adverse reactions to Covid,” said Dr Magdalene Cerda.

Due to the pandemic, many rehab centers and short-term housing have closed. This further hampers the recovery process for drug users.

Cerda is calling for all means of support for drug users: social and economic benefits, such as workplaces with sustained unemployment benefits, mental health, and substance abuse care. As an employer, you can be the first step in helping an addict recover.

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The Effects of Marijuana Post-Surgery

Scientists continue to learn about the effects drugs have on our bodies, and marijuana is no different.

Many marijuana users smoke or ingest the substance to relieve bodily pain. However, according to a new study, using marijuana before undergoing a surgical procedure can make your recovery pain significantly worse.

“There is some evidence that cannabis may be beneficial for chronic and nerve pain. However, early research suggests that this is not the case for acute pain such as for surgery of a broken leg,” said lead author and anesthesiology resident Dr. Ian Holmen.

In addition to increased post-surgical pain, people who used weed before surgery also need more anesthesia during surgery. This can be risky, especially for the elderly or those with chronic illnesses. Marijuana users also needed more opioids during recovery, which can lead to a new addiction.

How does this study impact you?

“…patients [must] tell their physician anesthesiologist if they have used cannabis products prior to surgery to ensure they receive the best anesthesia and pain control possible, including the use of non-opioid alternatives,” Holmen said.

It’s also advisable to not use cannabis before a surgical procedure and talk with your doctor about detoxing from marijuana use before surgery.

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COVID-19 Causes Surge in Illegal Drug Use

No one would argue that 2020 has been a crazy and stressful year. With so many uncertainties, anxiety and depression have steadily climbed. In order to cope with stressful situations, anxiety, and/or depression, many people have turned to illegal drugs for comfort.

Illegal drug use was already on the rise before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has increased positive drug tests substantially:

“The positivity rate increase from January to May 2020 was 21.57% for marijuana, 16.67% for amphetamines, 5.19% for opiates, and 51.72% for cocaine.”

Although 2019 also saw a rise in amphetamine and marijuana positivity rates, the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. This can be noted with cocaine, which was decreasing from May to December of 2019, but the pandemic has caused cocaine use to bounce back.

For the safety of employees and consumers, it’s vital that employers begin stringent pre-employment and random drug testing. Further, employers must continue heightened drug testing after the pandemic has ended due to the addictive nature of drugs.

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Positive Drug Tests at an All-Time High

Quest Diagnostics has released the findings of their 2019 study on positive drug tests. According to the study, U.S. workers tested positive for illicit drugs at the highest rate in 16 years. This trend could continue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 9 million samples of general workforce and safety-sensitive employees were taken and examined by Quest Diagnostics researchers. 4.5% of the samples were positive, which is the highest percentage since 2003. This was an increase from 4.4% in 2018.

“There is no question that before COVID-19, rates of workplace drug positivity were trending in the wrong direction,” said Barry Sample, senior director of science and technology for Quest Diagnostics. “The enormous strain caused by COVID-19 may prove to be an accelerant on this disturbing trend. Organizations will need to consider the impact of COVID-19 not only on workplace safety but also as a health concern for their employees for some time to come.”

The study also found that over a 5-year period from 2015 to 2019, the increased positive rates were predominately in the West and Midwest regions, where methamphetamine rates increased almost 78%, cocaine positivity increased 53%, and marijuana increased 24%.

Marijuana continues to be the most commonly-detected illegal drug.

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Wisconsin Has Double Anticipated Opioid Overdoses

No one argues that COVID-19 has disrupted everyday life. Lack of work, piling bills, needy children, and so much more, has created an overwhelming burden. Anxiety and depression have run rampant, and with it, a substantial increase in drug use.

For Wisconsin, the drug war against opioids is especially troubling. There have been more than twice as many suspected overdoses during the pandemic than during the same time last year.

According to preliminary figures, there are 325 overdoses from March through July 13. In 2019, there were 150 overdoses during the same time span.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services secretary, Andrea Palm, explained that financial pressures and isolation brought on by the pandemic have exacerbated substance abuse problems. More users have turned to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and isotonitazene.

“We know that the pandemic as a whole has caused increased stress and anxiety in just about everybody and anybody,” said Paul Krupski, director of Opioid Initiatives at DHS. “And for individuals who have struggled with substance use and may be currently in treatment for that, this adds an extra layer to the challenges that they are encountering during this pandemic.”

While this is an incredibly scary time, there are many support lines for those who have been caught in addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with drug addiction, don’t hesitate to find the help you need.

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FDA Drafts CBD Product Guidelines

The rise of CBD popularity–especially during the COVID-19 pandemic–has a number of citizens, authorities, and policymakers concerned. This is because very few regulations are in place to ensure the safety or quality standards of CBD products. And in fact, an FDA study found that many CBD products are markedly off in how much CBD and THC are present in CBD products.

All that is about to change.

In the middle of July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally published a draft guidance on developing cannabis-based drugs.

The guidance is limited to the development of human CBD drugs and does not cover other products, such as edibles, beverages, and gummies. The FDA is still developing regulations that allow CBD to be marketed as a food item or dietary supplement.

Instead, the guidance emphasizes safety and quality procedures, such as where companies may obtain cannabis for their product and providing proof of a consistently manufactured quality product.

The guidelines have separate sections for cannabis derived from marijuana and hemp, each with their own regulations.

While these guidelines are a step in the right direction, the FDA has a long way to go before finalizing and enforcing them. Until then, it’s important to perform routine and randomized drug testing with your employees, especially if an employee appears intoxicated.

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Half of CBD Products Contain THC

Although the popularity of CBD oil continues to surge, there’s a lot we still don’t know about CBD. As concerns continue to rise, the FDA conducted a sampling study of the current CBD marketplace to determine the extent to which products are mislabeled or adulterated, according to a report.

The FDA gathered a list of 500 CBD and hemp products sold online. The FDA eventually tested 147 of these for 11 cannabinoids, including CBD and THC.

Two products didn’t contain any CBD at all, even though the label claimed it did. 102 products listed a specific amount of CBD in the product, but only 45% of these contained CBD within 20% of the amount indicated. 

The study also tested CBD and THC concentrations in the food and beverage industry: edibles, beverages, and gummy items. These products generally tested in line with the overall results of the study.

As for THC, the study found that 49% of products contained more THC than the limit of quantification (LOQ). At least one product contained enough THC to cause physical effects.

The FDA concluded that more testing was needed, as the study was too small a sampling to draw any conclusions about the CBD market. However, other authorities say the study is evidence that firm regulations are needed.

Either way, it’s your right and responsibility as an employer to perform routine and random drug tests, especially if your employees appear intoxicated.

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CBD Oil Consumption is Questionable for CMV Drivers

CBD continues to grow in popularity and is used by millions of Americans to relieve ailments, reduce anxiety, and help them relax. However, there is cause for caution against consuming CBD products, especially for CMV drivers.

CBD products are labeled as containing no THC–the element that results in intoxication–and yet, THC may still be present in the product.

This becomes problematic for CMV drivers. Driving under the influence of alcohol is obviously illegal, but many don’t stop to consider the effects of CBD oil.

CBD oil may make you sleepy or reduce your overall alertness. CMV drivers should know how CBD products affect them personally before driving, and should never take more than their usual dose while driving.

Equally as important, the US Department of Transportation has a zero-tolerance approach to CBD. That means if you test positive for CBD artifacts, you have grounds for termination.

If you are or are considering consuming CBD products, make sure to carefully research the CBD product you consume. Not all CBD products are created equally, and some could cause you to test positive on a random drug screening.

Learn more about this topic in the video below:

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Is Drug Addiction Genetic?

Do you ever wonder why some people aren’t easily addicted to drugs? How they can experiment but never get addicted, or their addiction is easily broken? Is there more to the association of parents causing their children’s drug use besides early exposure?

Korea Brain Research Institute has found that dopamine D2 receptors (DRD2s) in cholinergic interneurons (ChINs) play a crucial role in cocaine addiction.

In the study, addiction-susceptible mice demonstrated an increased level of DRD2 expression and a reduced level of cell activation. This affects the activation and synaptic plasticity of downstream neurons, causing susceptibility to drug addiction.

In other words, drugs of abuse increase the dopamine concentration in the brain and activate dopamine receptors, which results in intense craving for drugs. The DRD2 expression in genetics could explain why some individuals are more susceptible to drugs than others. Watch this video to learn more:

This can be enlightening and relieving for individuals caught in addiction, no matter if they are more susceptible or not. It can empower them to fight against the pitfalls of addiction by seeking the appropriate measures of help. Some may need more help than others, and thanks to this study, we now know that’s not a sign of weakness, but genetic predisposition.

As an employer, you can be the first handhold to an employee struggling with addiction. That often starts with admitting an addiction is present.

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Oklahoma Breaks Records for Medical Marijuana Sales

Sales for medical marijuana have been steadily increased in the state of Oklahoma. In the past four months, every preceding month has surpassed the previous month in sales. In April alone, Oklahomans spent $73.8 million on medical marijuana.

Dispensaries are fairly new to Oklahoma, so the surge of demand is fairly common. But the rapid uptick of demand also coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic that forced individuals to work from home and increased stress, depression, and anxiety.

Although this report specifically details Oklahoma, it’s not too much of a stretch to conclude that other states have increased medical marijuana usage, as well:

What could this mean for you as an employer?

Stress, anxiety, and depression are plaguing millions of Americans, now more than ever. It is possible that your employees will consume medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription medication. It may not be a requirement to inform you of their medical marijuana use.

Just like any other drug, medical marijuana can be abused and cause side effects when used improperly. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse and be ready to assist your employees with appropriate steps of recovery.

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White House Seeks FDA’s Counsel Regarding Marijuana

The White House is currently seeking the FDA’s counsel regarding marijuana and CBD usage.

Very few details are known about the project, titled “Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research.” However, an FDA spokesperson indicated that it is examining guidelines and regulations for CBD usage. Once outlined, CBD could be sold as dietary supplements and foods with the FDA’s approval.

“We recognize that there is substantial public interest in marketing and accessing CBD for a variety of products. We are working toward a goal of providing additional guidance, and have made substantial progress,” FDA said in a statement. “There are many questions to explore regarding the science, safety, effectiveness and quality of products containing CBD, and we need to do our due diligence.”

In the meantime, the FDA still encourages users to consider the risks of CBD products, as seen in this video:

What could this mean for you as an employer?

With FDA-approved marijuana products in the near future, it’s probable that more and more employees will consume marijuana. Whether an employee is using marijuana for recreational or medical purposes, they most likely won’t tell you about their marijuana use.

Just like any other drug, marijuana—even medical marijuana can be abused. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse and be ready to assist your employees with appropriate steps of recovery.

At Nationwide Drug Testing Service, we will be here every step of the way. Our staff is not only understanding and considerate, but knowledgeable as well. From the moment you contact us, you can expect to deal with a professional, well-trained Representative who will be with you throughout the entire process.

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