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Surge in Hallucinogen-Associated ED Visits, Hospitalizations From 2016 to 2022

Psychiatry Advisor

There was a significant increase in hallucinogen-related emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations from 2016 to 2022 in California, according to study results published in Addiction. This increase was significantly higher than the relative increases for alcohol- and cannabis-associated hospitalizations during the same period. Hallucinogens have garnered growing scientific and public attention for their potential […]

NOT ‘Just Weed’: Four Times More Dangerous in Three Decades

“It’s just weed.”  Spend enough time at parties or clubs and you will probably hear this phrase used in instances of peer pressure to use marijuana. But what this reassurance does not convey is that cannabis is four times as potent today as it was just three decades ago. The amount of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as THC) in marijuana […]

Exercise, Alcohol, and Drugs Can All Dramatically Rewire The Brain, Research Shows

Many people are wired to seek and respond to rewards. Your brain interprets food as rewarding when you are hungry and water as rewarding when you are thirsty. But addictive substances like alcohol and drugs of abuse can overwhelm the natural reward pathways in your brain, resulting in intolerable cravings and reduced impulse control. A […]

Do the Alcohols in Chewing Gum Affect Breath Alcohol Tests?

Scientifically, “alcohol” is the generic name for hydrocarbons (which contain only carbon and hydrogen atoms) in which one of more of the hydrogen atoms have be replaced by -OH (a hydroxyl group). These alcohol compounds are generally identified by the suffix -ol. Read the entire article on LinkedIn

Cannabidiol (CBD) – Potential Harms, Side Effects, and Unknowns

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The use of non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cannabidiol, or CBD, has gained attention in recent years, as CBD is becoming increasingly popular and is being marketed for various health conditions.1 A poll of American adults aged 18 years and older found that 14 percent reported using CBD products in 2019, and a similar poll […]

Lancaster County Judge Addresses Definition of “Under the Influence” for Purposes of the Safety Exception in the PA Medical Marijuana Act

On January 10, 2023, Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Wright addressed the question that has been plaguing employers since the passage of the PA Medical Marijuana Act (the “Act”) – what constitutes being “under the influence” for purposes of the Act’s safety exception? Read the entire article at Pennsylvania Labor & Employment […]

Motor Carrier Employers May Conduct Safety Performance History Investigations in FMCSA Clearinghouse as of January 6, 2023

Beginning January 6, 2023, motor carrier employers subject to the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may conduct part of the safety performance history investigation that is required for all driver-applicants in the FMCSA Clearinghouse.  Specifically, employers are required by 49 CFR § 391.23(e)(1) – (3) to obtain information about a driver-applicant’s […]