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The Med & Mic™ 05.23.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

New Nasal Spray to Reverse Overdoses

The FDA has approved a new overdose reversal agent, Opvee. Like naloxone, it blocks the effect of opioids in the brain. It is a nasal spray and is longer acting. It is available by prescription for people 12 and older. Because of its longer action, opioid withdrawal symptoms are a potential risk. (Source: AP, M. Perrone, 5.22.23)

Risks of Cannabis during Pregnancy

Canadian researchers have found that cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with preterm labor, low birth weight, and issues with the baby’s brain development. The researchers reviewed data from nearly a million pregnancies from 2015 to 2021. The rate of emergency and hospital visits because of cannabis use increased from 11 to 200 per 100,000 in that time. The study suggests some were using cannabis to relieve morning sickness. (Source: CTV via The Canadian Press, C. Bains, 5.23.23)

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