NIDA Review Links Marijuana To Adverse Health Effects

The Royal Oak (MI) Daily Tribune (6/4, Murray) reports that according to a review (6/4) published June 5 in the new England Journal of Medicine, Nora Volkow, MD, director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and colleagues argue that marijuana may “reduce teens’ IQ, that it impairs driving, and that today’s version is more potent than in the past.” Dr. Volkow stated, “It is important to alert the public that using marijuana in the teen years brings health, social, and academic risk.” She added, “Physicians in particular can play a role in conveying to families that early marijuana use can interfere with crucial social and developmental milestones and can impair cognitive development.”

HealthDay (6/4, Thompson) reports that because the drug “is potentially addictive, proven to contribute to fatal motor-vehicle crashes, and can disrupt the brain function and learning of young users,” its legalization “will lead to the sort of nationwide health problems now attributed to alcohol and tobacco, said Volkow.”

MedPage Today (6/5, Gever) reports that Volkow and “and colleagues based their conclusions on findings in 77 previously published papers.” The review also “found an increased likelihood of anxiety and depression, increased likelihood of psychosis, worsened symptoms of schizophrenia, and earlier onset of psychotic events.”

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— “National study links marijuana use to adverse effects,” Diana Dillaber Murray, Royal Oak Daily Tribune, June 4, 2014.

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