O(NDCP) Director, Where Art Thou?

That is why it is perplexing that, five months into the Biden presidency, we still don't have a new director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Not even Bill Clinton, who initially tried to dodge the issue of drugs when he came into office, and shrunk the office by 80 percent, waited this long (he finally appointed police chief Lee Brown to the post in April of 1993).

Link to Newsweek.

Children are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from marijuana edibles, study finds

Children are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from edibles and other products made from marijuana, according to a new study analyzing calls to poison control centers from January 2017 through December 2019. Calls about poisoning as a result of consuming products such as weed concentrates, extracts, beverages, vape juice and edibles more often involved children under 10 years old, the study found, compared to calls about dried or pre-rolled cannabis plant poisonings.

For link to media click here.

IASIC News Event - Doctors warn marijuana can cause serious health hazards

Thank you to those that attended the MPI - IASIC news event. IASIC, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, is a medical organization of doctors who educate on marijuana based on the scientific and medical literature. IASIC is a non-partisan and non-political group created to facilitate informed decisions when considering cannabis policy and law. Lots of great data and research provided during the event.

For link to full news event click here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDYsV2MnqLQ

For the news event without Q/A located here, MPI IASIC Media Event Edited_Final.mp4 (dropbox.com)

New advocacy group focused on public health and marijuana policy - IASIC

New advocacy group formed - IASIC, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, are doctors who educate on marijuana. The science counters the misperception of the safety of marijuana by international experts who provide science, data, plus clinical expertise. This non-partisan and non-political group are developed, organized, and guided by doctors. MPI is proud to be partnering with them to get the word out about marijuana.

This group has developed an easy to use medical library for the public to understand the harms associated with use. The link below will take you the IASIC site and library.

 IASIC (iasic1.org)

Cannabis 2021: What Clinicians Need to Know

May is Mental Heath Awareness month an important time to have a discussion about marijuana use and mental health.

The acute and chronic problems cannabis-dependent individuals face are serious, disheartening, and deserving of treatment. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data on 505,796 Americans2 show that between 2008 and 2016 individuals aged 12 to 17, who met criteria for a cannabis use disorder (CUD), were 25% more common in states that had enacted Recreational marijuana laws (RMLs) as opposed to those who did not. In addition, the THC content of the various preparations of cannabis has risen over the past 10 years.

Psychiatric Times article here.