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Substance use is associated with greater barriers and reduced access to care. Little research, however, has examined the relationship between cannabis use and receipt of preventive health services. Using data from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we examined the association between current cannabis use and receipt of 12 preventive health services, adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics and access to care. In analyses that adjusted for sociodemographic factors and access to care, participants with current cannabis use had lower odds of being vaccinated for influenza (AOR = 0.67, 95% CI = 0.54-0.83) and higher odds of ever receiving HPV vaccination (AOR = 1.77, 95% CI = 1.06-2.96) and HIV screening (AOR = 2.34, 95% CI = 1.88-2.92) compared with those without cannabis use. Among the 12 preventive services examined, we found three differences in receipt of preventive services by cannabis use status. Cannabis use does not appear to be associated with significant underuse of preventive services.

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Emily Lum, Sri Lekha Tummalapalli, Meena Khare, Salomeh Keyhani. Receipt of preventive health services and current cannabis users. Journal of addictive diseases. 2022 Apr-Jun;40(2):192-196

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PMID: 34433384

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