Colorado youth marijuana use IS on the rise

Given that the health of American youth is in question and that so many states base their policies on reports issued by the State of Colorado, it is important to understand what the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) actually tells us. The survey’s results are gleaned from voluntarily self-reported information collected...

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Helping families face teen addiction

Nov 12, 15 Helping families face teen addiction

Posted by in Media, Parenting

Every week, parents looking for help with issues and problems related to substance use contact us through this website ā€” so my wife, journalist Christine Tatum, and I have written a book designed to help them act quickly, efficiently and effectively to care for their children.

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Clearing the Haze: Another look at pot

Apr 13, 15 Clearing the Haze: Another look at pot

Posted by in Media, Uncategorized

I am honored to have worked with the editorial board and publisher of The (Colorado Springs) Gazette on a perspective series about marijuana legalization titled “Clearing the Haze.” I am a journalist and a native North Carolinian — the great-granddaughter of tobacco farmers — who firmly stands against the...

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Experts: claims pot safer are bogus

There are few better examples of how science and journalism come together to confuse the public than last week’s news coverage of research out of Europe assessing and comparing risks associated with use of several drugs, including alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. The study, titled “Comparative risk assessment of alcohol,...

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Marijuana use going up

To understand marijuana and the impact of its legalization, focus like a laser on the data on which everyone bases their interpretations and explanations. News reports often don’t square with the data. Case in point: this article appearing in The Washington Post about the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH),...

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Smell a rat?

Aug 23, 14 Smell a rat?

Posted by in Marijuana, Media, Uncategorized

It’s a Friday night, and we decided to assemble a casual focus group at home to review major elements of the $2 million marijuana-prevention campaign the State of Colorado is aiming at youth. In mere minutes and over slices of pizza (extra cheese), our self-described “recovering pothead friends” sliced and diced...

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Thurstone among 2014 ‘Top Docs’

Aug 21, 14 Thurstone among 2014 ‘Top Docs’

Posted by in Media, Uncategorized

I’m humbled by the praise of my physician peers, who named me among Denver’s “Top Docs” in this month’s edition of 5280 magazine. To those of you who thought of me and took the time to cast this vote of confidence in my work, thank you so much. For the third time, Iā€™m listed in the addiction psychiatry...

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Denver Post pot ads irresponsible

Aug 06, 14 Denver Post pot ads irresponsible

Posted by in Marijuana, Media, Uncategorized

News organizations running ads that promote the use of cannabis for the treatment of serious medical conditions are acting irresponsibly — and that is an understatement. Please see the following letter sent to Greg Moore, editor-in-chief of The Denver Post, and Ricardo Baca, editor of the news organization’s online...

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Denver crime rate up almost 7 percent

We can’t say what has caused Denver’s overall crime rate to jump — but we know crime here isn’t down.

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Jacob Lavoro and pot brownies

Judging from today’s news reporting, the story is fairly simple and goes like this: A Texas teenager with no criminal record faces from five years to life in prison for allegedly making and selling pot brownies. Possession of up to 2 oz. of marijuana in its dried-plant form is a misdemeanor in that state. However, possession...

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