Category: Public Librarians Symposium

94 - Does the Availability of Medical Marijuana Decrease Opiate Prescribing? Surveying the Landscape

Tuesday, May 22
2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Objectives: To discover the impact of state regulation of medical marijuana on opiate use by asking:

- Do hospitalization rates for substance misuse and overdose drop in states permitting marijuana use for medical purposes?
- Do opiate prescription rates for pain decrease when medical marijuana is permitted?
- How can librarians become knowledgeable and identify resources on this topic for clinicians?




Methods:
Marijuana for medical use is now legal in 29 states, but studying the medical effects of marijuana is challenging. Because marijuana is categorized as a DEA Schedule I drug, researchers have encountered difficulty in conducting Randomized Clinical Trials. But research is expanding in this important field. Librarians have a role in raising awareness among healthcare professionals and researchers.

To better understand the landscape of medical marijuana and opiate use, and discover ways for librarians to act as advocates and share high quality information, a literature review will be conducted and results summarized. Key researchers will be interviewed, including: Chris Bundy, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Washington Physicians Health; David Bradford, PhD, Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia; and Ashley C. Bradford; master of public administration student at the University of Georgia.



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Keywords: Medical marijuana
Drug policy
Opiates
Pain Management
Chronic Pain

Patricia Devine

Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Pacific NW Region
Seattle, Washington