Canada seems to be progressive where cannabis is concerned; whereas, Florida is trying very hard(?) to get out of the dark ages – maybe not hard enough, in my estimation. And in between, we have our Health and Human Services (HHS).
The article that recently caught my eye was “Canadian Researchers: Use Medical Marijuana Instead of Opioids For Neuropathic Pain.” In this blog post, Johnny states:
Using opiods for pain is a hard thing for many people. Sure, the painkillers provide temporary relief from pain, but the side effects can be horrific. They tear up your organs, and often times lead to a level of addiction that ruins lives. If only there was another medicine out there that was effective that didn’t come with all of the problems.
And, he goes on to say:
Medical marijuana is a proven form of treatment for pain, specifically neuropathic pain.
Recently researchers in Canada started pushing for Canadian doctors to substitute opioid based painkillers [with] medical marijuana.
Now, doesn’t that make sense? Thanks, Johnny.
If anyone is interested in knowing about some of the possibly addictive prescription drugs that medical marijuana could replace, click on this link.
In contrast, our own HHS, under the “leadership” of Sylvia Burwell, is “Taking New Steps To Combat Opioid Use Disorder.” In Secretary Burwell’s first sentence she states:
Blair [Hubbard] fought back from an addiction to heroin and prescription opioids that nearly took her life.
And Burwell goes on to say:
Blair struggled for many years with her addiction, and today, families and communities across our nation are struggling. And too many Americans who have watched a friend or loved one struggle with opioid use disorder have witnessed the toll of this epidemic. [disorder?]
OK, Blair was addicted to heroin. That’s one thing. We don’t know which came first but, the point is, she was also addicted to opioids. Prescriptions were obtained from doctors who kept prescribing ad infinitum, until she was at risk of being “overdosed.”
Of course, now, if someone is at risk of being “overdosed” on opioids, there is help! A fantastic solution: Another prescription is available for a drug called “naloxone.”
Secretary Burwell informs us that:
A drug called naloxone has been proven to reverse opioid overdose, and save lives.
Naloxone could be a dangerous drug itself. There are caveats for its use. Click here to find out about it.
This whole thing is so ridiculous, that I’m not going to continue talking about opioids and her anymore. In my mind, she is a total “negative.” This is “Sunshinebright blog” and I refuse to be negative.
Now, about Florida:
The medical marijuana law that was passed in 2014 has been in a state of flux. The Florida State Legislature ended their session in the Spring without any further action in that regard. It’s in the hands of the Florida State Supreme Court.
Perhaps and hopefully, in the 2016 election, we will be able to pass a Constitutional Amendment for Medical Marijuana. Supporters of the Amendment are working hard – collecting petitions and money – to make sure it will be on the ballot next year. The law that is now languishing is probably going to continue in that position forever. Just sayin’.
If you live in Florida, and haven’t yet signed the petition to put the Medical Marijuana Amendment on the 2016 ballot, click here to download and print the blank petition from a pdf file. Instructions about where to mail it are on the document.
Ending this post with a positive attitude:
“Smile, even if you don’t feel like it, and your world will appear brighter.”
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