Self-reported marijuana use linked with increased opioid use after musculoskeletal injury

Patients with musculoskeletal injuries who reported marijuana use during recovery saw an increase in the amount and duration of prescription opioids they used compared with patients who reported no previous use of marijuana, according to a recently published study. “Self-reported marijuana use during injury recovery was associated with increased duration and use of opioids, in contrast to patients’ perception[s] that marijuana use reduced their pain and opioid intake,” Abhiram R. Bhashyam, MD, MPP, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “Our results highlight the need for further