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More American men opting for vasectomy; Marijuana users have lead in urine; Over the counter Narcan available soon - Morning Medical Update

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More American men opting for vasectomy

Vasectomy rates in the United States rose by 26% between 2014 and 2021, according to a new survey. The highest increases were in men without children (61%), men with an older wife (41%), and single men (41%). Doctors expect these rates to increase following the abolishment of Roe v. Wade.

Marijuana users have lead in urine

Marijuana users were found to have 27% higher lead levels in their blood and urine in a new survey. The users also had 22% higher levels of cadmium in their blood. Researchers say that marijuana plants absorb heavy metals from the soil which are then transferred through the leaves and flowers.

Over the counter Narcan available soon

Several leading drug stores will sell Narcan without a prescription, starting in early September. Walgreens has set their price at $44.99 with availability as early as Sept. 5. Other chains such as CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Walmart are expected to follow soon after.

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