Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased In-Hospital Mortality In Trauma Patients

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According to information published in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, patients who are hospitalized for trauma and test positive for marijuana at the time of admission are more likely to survive than age-matched controls. Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at the in-hospital mortality rates of 2,678 patients over the course of five years, of which 1,339 tested positive for marijuana and 1,339 tested negative. Authors determined, “Patients with a positive marijuana screen had a lower mortality rate (5.3 percent versus 8.9 percent) compared to patients with a negative marijuana screen. … Prospective studies with long-term follow up will be useful in answering many of the remaining questions surrounding the specific impact of marijuana on outcomes after trauma.”

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