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Associations Between Marijuana Use and Involuntary Job Loss in US-representative longitudinal and cross-sectional samples.

A new interesting article has been published in J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001463. and titled:

Associations Between Marijuana Use and Involuntary Job Loss in US-representative longitudinal and cross-sectional samples.

Authors of this article are:
Okechukwu CA Molino J Soh Y.

A summary of the article is shown below:
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether marijuana use is associated with involuntary job loss.METHODS: Multivariable survey logistic analysis of longitudinal (2001-2002/2003-2004) and cross-sectional data (2012-2013) from National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).RESULTS: Marijuana use increased for all user groups with most workers who use marijuana using marijuana monthly (2.7% in 2001-2002 and10.8% in 2012-2013). Past year marijuana users in 2001-2002 had higher odds of involuntary job loss in 2003-2004 (OR 1.27; 95%CI 1.13-1.41). Daily marijuana use is associated with higher odds of job loss in adjusted analyses using longitudinal (OR 2.18; 95%CI 1.71-2.77) and cross-sectional data (OR 1.40; 95%CI 1.06-1.86). Income significantly modifies these effects.CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicate that job loss may be an overlooked social cost of marijuana use for US workers. Future studies using an occupational health perspective are needed.

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