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Surgeon general: Marijuana during pregnancy and adolescence is dangerous

first_img [email protected] By Lev Facher Aug. 29, 2019 Reprints HealthSurgeon general: Marijuana during pregnancy and adolescence is dangerous  Tags government agenciesmarijuanapatientspublic health Related: Lev Facher Déjà vu all over again: Another year passes without approval of new suppliers of marijuana for research Related: WASHINGTON — The federal government on Thursday issued an advisory warning against marijuana use in teenagers and pregnant women, cautioning that the drug can impact brain development and is associated with future alcohol and opioid addiction.“No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams at a press conference.Pregnant women and young people, however, are growing more likely to use marijuana and are largely unfamiliar with the risks, said health secretary Alex Azar. Increased marijuana use has also been increasingly linked to “risks like anxiety, agitation, paranoia and psychosis,” the department said.advertisement I wanted to try medical marijuana. Why couldn’t my doctors help me? Adobe While the medical community is largely uniform in its view that marijuana use by pregnant women or adolescents carries associated risks, the announcement comes amid a murkier landscape on marijuana and its components.The Food and Drug Administration this year has worked to better regulate supplements containing CBD, a non-psychoactive compound within marijuana. The agency also approved a CBD-based drug last year as a treatment for seizures.Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, and 11 states have legalized its use recreationally, despite the administration’s opposition.“There is no approved, safe, or effective use of marijuana to treat any medical condition,” said Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health.Azar, however, acknowledged the need for additional marijuana research, including into potential benefits. Earlier this week, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would move toward allowing more manufacturers to grow marijuana for research purposes — long a point of contention between some law enforcement and public health circles. The Public Health Service also announced Thursday that it would use a recent $100,000 donation from President Trump, who donates his salary each quarter, to fund a digital ad campaign to build awareness for the advisory.Adams’ announcement is the latest in a string of high-profile public health advisories. In December, he warned against “the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.” In 2017, Adams encouraged everyday Americans to carry naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdose, amid a wave of drug deaths.It also echoes a surgeon general’s advisory from 1982, when Dr. C. Everett Coop warned against marijuana use for reasons that included its impact on prenatal development. Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. About the Author Reprints @levfacher Increasingly potent marijuana plants — and new delivery forms like edibles and waxes or liquids that can be consumed using vape products — mean that marijuana use results in more exposure to THC, its psychoactive compound, than ever, officials said.“As I like to say, this ain’t your mother’s marijuana,” Adams said at a press conference.advertisementlast_img read more

Advocates Hope Governor Kemp Takes A Stand On Refugees

first_imgAdd to My List In My List Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share Hundreds of advocates for immigrants and refugees showed up at the Georgia State Capitol this week. Their goal was to ensure that Georgia continues to welcome resettled refugees and other immigrants.Thursday was the seventh annual New Americans Celebration. But at this year’s event, an executive order from President Donald Trump was on some attendee’s minds. The order requires state and local governments to provide written consent to accept refugees.More than 40 states have already said they will accept refugees. Georgia was not one of them.Before Gov. Brian Kemp had the option to provide consent, a federal judge blocked Trump’s executive order.Justine Okello, who is from Uganda, said though the issue is now in limbo, he’d still like the Governor to take a stand.“It’s in the words that we say that convey how we feel,” Okello said. “So if Governor Kemp could actually just say something … say, you know, Georgia has always been welcoming, and it’s going to continue being a welcoming state.”Cities such as Atlanta and Decatur have already said they will welcome refugees.J.D. McCrary is the executive director Metro Atlanta branch of the resettlement agency International Rescue Committee. At an event the agency hosted last month called “The State of Resettlement,” he remained hopeful that Georgia will continue to be friendly to newcomers.“We are optimistic that Georgia will do the right thing in continuing to accept refugees,” he said.The legal challenge to Trump’s order has not been decided. President Trump has set the number of refugees allowed to be resettled in the country to 18,000. That’s the lowest since President Jimmy Carter signed the Refugee Act in 1980.The Governor’s Office said it has no comment since the issue is tied up in court.The rally at the Capitol on Thursday was also used to talk to state lawmakers about bills introduced at the statehouse that concern immigrants.For Jim Neal, chair of the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies, that means opposing legislation that he said doesn’t create a welcoming climate for immigrants.“For example, this session, House Bill 915 – the Georgia Anti-Sanctuary Act – we were encouraging our representatives not to support,” he said.House Bill 915, introduced early this month, would penalize local governments that do not enforce federal immigration law.Neal and others also rallied their support of HB 896. It would allow certain undocumented Georgians to pay in-state tuition.last_img read more