July | CASAColumbia

July

A recent study published in the July edition of Pediatrics found that nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors say they’ve used a hookah – a water pipe used to smoke tobacco that is often flavored – in the past year.

A new report from the Colorado Department of Revenue gives us insight into the size of the market and demand for legal marijuana (both medical and recreational) in the state. Demand is much higher than expected: total marijuana demand for adults is estimated to be between 104.2 and 157.9 metric tons. This is largely driven by daily users, who make up almost 70% of total demand. Casual users, defined as people who report using marijuana less than once a month, only make up 30% of total marijuana users, and they consume less than 1% of total demand.

What sort of research/work do you do?

I conduct research that looks at the complex, multi-level factors that affect health outcomes, especially as they relate to substance use and misuse. Most recently, I have been conducting research focused on understanding the integration of behavioral health care with physical health care. In this work, I seek to understand factors that affect implementation of behavioral health services into traditional medical settings, like primary care practices and emergency departments.

CASAColumbia—in partnership with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System—has implemented routine screening for substance use into seven health facilities in the New York region, including the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex emergency department.

On June 19, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a deal to create a medical marijuana program for New York. Cuomo says that the agreement “strikes the right balance” between making marijuana available for people who have serious health conditions and protecting public health and safety at the same time. The most notable part of the agreement, known as the Compassionate Care Act, is that medical marijuana will not be available in smoked form.

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