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A recent study published on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website appears to counter the spirit of Directive 1315, VA policy that does not allow discrimination against medical marijuana users, and the issue remains murky for vets with certifications in  states where it is legal.

Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option. Read more»

Grape Crush, an Indica strain. In place of clinical trials, some researchers have developed creative observational studies.

As more states legalize marijuana, the plant's federal prohibition makes it difficult to study in the lab, forcing researchers to get creative in their methods to answer questions on the benefits and risks of treating conditions like cancer, anxiety and migraines with cannabis. Read more»

Health officials in Arizona, like other states across the country, said they have seen increases in suicides and overdose deaths in recent months. That has left them asking if those deaths might be linked “to the isolation and loneliness” from COVID-19 restrictions.

As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona. Read more»

In 2016, Arizona had about 790 opioid-related deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Arizona officials on Wednesday said they want to limit doctors to prescribing no more than five days’ worth of opioids for people who haven’t already been on the powerful pain medication. Read more»

Nurses pass methadone to a client through the Clinic’s methadone dispensing window. This client arrived with her daughter.

Heroin is experiencing a renaissance. Fueled by easy access to opiate painkillers, a new generation of heroin addicts has emerged. They are young, white and suburban. But the hallmarks of youth, risk taking and impulsive behavior, do not lend themselves to treatment. Read more»