Texas hospitals are seeing a surge in demand for medical marijuana and other prescription drugs, and they can’t meet the demand, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The state’s hospitals reported a 35 percent spike in patients needing marijuana or an opioid during January, which was the first time that’s happened in nearly three years.
Hospitals reported more than 2,200 patients requiring treatment for marijuana and a number of other prescription opioids during January of this year.
The increase in demand, however, comes as the state is struggling with a rising opioid crisis.
The state has the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And now, the number of medical marijuana prescriptions in Texas has spiked to nearly 3,000, according TOHS data.
The report is based on data collected by the Texas Medical Marijuana Program, a collaboration of Texas hospitals, medical marijuana growers, dispensaries and state officials.
The department’s report is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
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In January, Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that will allow dispensaries and patients to grow and possess marijuana at home.
The law allows individuals to grow up to six plants at home, but it requires patients to be supervised by a licensed physician, grower or retailer.
A separate bill also allows individuals with debilitating medical conditions to use cannabis oil to treat their conditions.
But the state hasn’t been able to come up with a legal definition of marijuana for patients with serious or chronic conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS.
The Texas Tribune reports that the new law allows for more than 20 strains of cannabis oil and allows patients to obtain up to 100 grams of marijuana in edible forms.
There is also an expanded program for patients who qualify for the Compassionate Access Program, which allows them to purchase up to 200 grams of medical cannabis.
The study’s authors said the increased demand for marijuana in the state comes as more people seek treatment for their chronic illnesses.
They also noted that the number and types of medications people use have changed dramatically in the last few years.
In 2015, only 3 percent of Americans had access to a prescription for painkillers and opioids, according data from the Centers on Disease Control.
In 2017, that number rose to 14 percent.
That means fewer people in Texas have access to painkillers, benzodiazepines, insulin, antidepressants, opioids, and possibly even pain killers, according researchers.
The authors of the new report say that more needs to be done to ensure the safety of medical patients, and that Texans need to be allowed to use marijuana if they need it to treat serious illnesses.
Read MoreTexas medical pot patients and caregivers in 2018By Katie Kucheras-Smith | Houston TimesTexas medical cannabis patients and caregiver in TexasBy Katie Keuchera-SmithPublished: December 15, 2018 11:08amTexas medical cardholders in the Lone Star State are using marijuana for their medical conditionsThe number of patients with prescription opioid painkillers has skyrocketed, according a new study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Galveston.
The researchers also found that people who have chronic illnesses are increasingly using medical marijuana for pain relief.
The number and kinds of medications used by Texans with chronic conditions has increased dramatically in recent years, according experts.
More than 3 million Texans have prescriptions for opioid painkiller medications, according research by the UT Health Science Centre at Galvina, Texas.
More than 7 million have used medical marijuana.
And the number who have been prescribed a medical marijuana prescription has tripled since 2015, the study found.
More patients are using medical cannabis for pain, according medical experts.
Researchers from the UTHealth School of Medicine and the UT Galvestons Health Science Institute analyzed data from medical records from more than 22,000 patients from three Texas counties, including Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso.
The data included information from the Texas Patient Information Center, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Compassionation Center.
The researchers found that in the past five years, the percentage of patients who were prescribed opioids rose by 40 percent.
The percentage of medical cards that were filled with medical marijuana rose by 50 percent.
The UT Health School of Medical Sciences, UT Health Sciences and UT Galveon collaborated on the study.
The research was published online in the Journal of Clinical and Population Pharmacy.
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