Webinar: “Ice," cannabis use disorder, and the opioid crisis: Continued endemic of addiction amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Though most of our nation’s health has focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and our opioid crisis during the 2020s, abuse and overdose deaths have also increased with methamphetamine (now predominantly in the form of d-methamphetamine base known as “ice”), cocaine, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. Abuse of diverted prescription (oxy and hydrocodone) and illicit opioids (fentanyl and heroin) has recently exploded during the current opioid crisis.
The “Ice Age” of d-isomer meth and cocaine pasta has reemerged. Benzos in combination with opioids has erupted. Alcohol poisoning deaths and problem drinking has increased and a plethora of new psychoactive substances have taken hold in the drug abusing subculture ranging from kratom, synthetic stimulants (“bath salts”), increasingly potent and synthetic cannabinoids (“incense”), psychedelics (salvia), and psychostimulants (“Flakka”, "Benzo Fury”).
Further contributing to the surge in our endemic addiction problems, marijuana has now been legalized in either medical or recreational forms in all but two US states. As a result, cannabis use disorder (CUD) and marijuana-related health, social, and even criminal problems have increased. This presentation will review these current drug abuse trends, their pharmacology, and treatment developments inclusive of developing medication assisted treatment interventions.