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The Clinical Case for Differentiating Marijuana and Opioid Use

During a press conference on Feb. 23, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made comments that some may interpret to link recreational marijuana usage and the opioid crisis that has swept across the United States in recent years. The same press conference issued language that made distinctions between the two, which led to confusion in…

Marijuana Usage During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Implications for Children

Marijuana has been proven to have a host of medicinal uses, one of which is to cease, or at least curb, nausea. Pregnant women are often susceptible to this at some point in their pregnancy, and many have turned to marijuana in order to endure it. Due to the drug’s public reputation of having few…

Marijuana-Related Illness on the Rise in Colorado

Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, there has been a sharp increase in a cannabis–related illness showing up in area emergency rooms and clinics. Known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), the illness brings abdominal pain and cyclical vomiting caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. An article from CBS News follows…

ECHO: Expanding community-based treatment for opioid use disorder

With our country in the midst of an opioid crisis, the call for health care innovation has never been stronger. Committed to addressing that crisis, Beacon is a partner in one of the most innovative health care projects in the country: Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a model that revolutionizes how non-specialty providers…

How Beacon is Combating the Opioid Addiction Crisis

2 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids Opioid overdose is now the #1 cause of accidental death in America Opioid-related deaths have increased 200% since 2000 Nearly 80% of people with opioid addiction do not receive treatment Wait lists for treatment can be a year long Beacon’s Clinical Philosophy Opioid addiction is a chronic…