Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Kaiser Health News

Lung risks from smoking marijuana may be worse than cigarettes: study

Media reports on a study that found that smoking weed is associated with potentially worse lung damage than tobacco-only cigarettes. Meanwhile, the governor in Kentucky signed an executive order partially legalizing medical marijuana.

In Other Marijuana News —

The Courier-Journal: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signs executive order partially legalizing medical marijuana

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday to legalize the possession and use of medical marijuana by certain eligible individuals in the state, so long as it was legally purchased outside of Kentucky and is under eight ounces. Kentucky is currently one of only 12 states that still bans marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes, although public polls show that legalizing medical marijuana is popular with its residents. (Sonka, 15.11.)

In News About Opioids and Addiction —

Reuters: Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Likely Safe for OTC Use, Says FDA

The opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone may be safe and effective for over-the-counter use in some forms, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, potentially paving the way for its use at the federal level. The FDA would continue to require data on individual products from manufacturers in order for them to be available over-the-counter at the federal level. (11/15)

Statistic: Fentanyl makes it harder to start addiction treatment

Doctors are reporting a worrying trend for fentanyl. The powerful drug, they say, not only causes overdoses but also makes it harder to begin addiction treatment. In particular, fentanyl appears to cause more severe withdrawal symptoms in patients taking buprenorphine, a key drug used to treat opioid use disorders. (Fach, 16.11.)

KHN: The player coaches of the addiction help work without borders

Sarah Wright drops by her peer support specialist’s hotel room several times a day in this Denver suburb. But her visit on a Wednesday morning in mid-October was one of her first with teeth. Board doctor Donna Norton had urged Wright to see the dentist years after homelessness and addiction had wreaked havoc on her jawbone. Wright was still getting used to her teeth. “I haven’t had any teeth for 12½, 13 years,” she said, adding that it made her feel like a horse. A new smile was Wright’s latest milestone as she works to rebuild her life, and Norton has been there every step of the way: opening a bank account, finding a job, finding a sense of her own worth. (Bichell, 11/16)

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