Weekly News Roundup: February 22

Medical Marijuana and the Opioid Crisis

With Opioid Deaths up, Maryland Looks to Medical Marijuana as Possible Treatment

Using medical marijuana to help cure opioid addiction may seem counterintuitive. But a growing number of physicians and patient advocates say marijuana should be added to the list of traditional treatment options, pointing to studies that show it helps reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Read More

Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The push to legalize recreational marijuana is sweeping the Northeast: Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have done it, and the governors of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey say they want their states to do it, too. But in New Hampshire, Gov. Read More

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Reduce Risk of Abuse

“Our analytics showed we had substantial variation in the number of pills prescribed for like-type procedures. We’ve been able to use evidence-based medicine to improve our approach to pain management, reducing the total number of opioids prescribed, and the risk associated with those opioids.” Read More

Intermountain Healthcare Promised to Prescribe Fewer Opioid Tablets for Acute Pain in 2018. Here’s How it Did.

Intermountain Healthcare had a New Year’s resolution for 2018: By the end of the year, cut the number of opioid tablets it prescribed for acute pain by 40 percent. Ultimately, Intermountain Healthcare prescribed about 30 percent fewer opioid pills for acute pain last year – short of its goal, but part of an “aggressive journey” toward alleviating Utah’s drug addiction calamity, company officials announced Wednesday. Read More

Intermountain Healthcare Gives its Utah Doctors OK to Recommend Medical Marijuana

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY – Doctors in Utah’s largest health care system will be now able to recommend cannabis for patients who have conditions that qualify under the state’s new medical marijuana law. Read More