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Distress, Coping, and Drug Law Enforcement in a Series of Patients Using Medical Cannabis.
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PMID:  23538974     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Patients using medical cannabis in the United States inhabit a conflicting medicolegal space. This study presents data from a dispensary-based survey of patients using medical cannabis in the state of Washington regarding cannabis-specific health behaviors, levels of psychological distress, stress regarding marijuana criminality, past experiences with drug law enforcement, and coping behaviors. Thirty-seven subjects were enrolled in this study, and all but three completed survey materials. The median index of psychological distress, as measured by the Behavioral Symptom Inventory, was nearly 2.5 times higher than that found in a general population sample but one third less than that found in an outpatient sample. The subjects reported a moderate amount of stress related to the criminality of marijuana, with 76% reporting previous exposure to 119 separate drug law enforcement tactics in total. The subjects reported a wide range of coping methods, and their responses to a modified standardized survey showed the confounding influence of legality in assessing substance-related disorders.
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal; Gregory Carter; Mark Sullivan; Richard Morrill; Craig Zumbrunnen; Jonathan Mayer
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Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  201     ISSN:  1539-736X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-3-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  292-303     Citation Subset:  -    
*Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New York University; †Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; ‡Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; §Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle; and ∥Departments of Epidemiology, Geography, Global Health, Medicine, Family Medicine, and Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle.
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