Our CCR team is very proud of Joe Eberstein, Program Manager for the County Marijuana Prevention Initiative (MPI), for receiving the Excellence in Prevention Advocacy Award at the Drug Enforcement Administration Red Ribbon Luncheon. Thank you for your dedication and leadership to building healthy and safe communities throughout San Diego County.
The authors of the research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry argued that while the policies have provided "important social benefits, particularly around issues of equity in criminal justice," the climb in conditions like cannabis use disorder are "a potential public health concern."
To uncover the effects of the changes, researchers looked at surveys completed by 505,796 people between 2008 to 2016. Of the total participants who filled in The National Survey on Drug Use and Health in those years, just over half were female, 77 percent were aged 26 or above, 65 percent were white, 11.9 percent were black, 15.36 percent Hispanic, and 7.3 of another race or ethnicity.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there has been a breakthrough in the investigation into the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries that has led to the deaths of 39 people and sickened more than 2,000 others.
Investigators announced Friday that they have detected a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate in all the samples of lung fluid collected from 29 patients who were hospitalized after vaping, suggesting a possible culprit for the spate of lung injuries that has swept across the U.S.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in San Diego said it's cracking down on marijuana vaping products, products federal agents now refer to as a "public health crisis."
The DEA, along with a coalition of local officials, denounced marijuana vaping products in a press conference held Friday morning.
"It's a public health crisis," said Colin Ruane, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, DEA San Diego Division. "We're trying to get on top of it."
What You Need to Know
There have been few, if any, long-term studies of the health effects of vaping. Regardless of what the final determination is on the cause of these recent cases, vaping has been known to cause adverse health effects for some time. Because of the lack of standardized testing of these products, many consumers and parents are left unaware of potential risks.
Vaping is now popular among youth for consumption of flavored nicotine, THC and CBD. In fact, much of the vape marketing is specifically targeted to teens. Recent reports show that as much as 15% of the total vaping market is people under the age of 18.