We all know by now that most prescribed pain killers (especially opioids) are addictive, and yet, our government bows down to Big Pharma and continues to allow clinicians to prescribe them indiscriminately.
Many, many committees, commissions, agencies , etc., have been holding meetings to discuss this problem. Has anything been done? Of course not.
All the “conclusions” of these “get-togethers” have amounted to: ZERO.
Now, we have something else to throw into the “pot.”
There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption.
Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013.
Medical marijuana is being used for medicinal purposes and not for “recreational” purposes. There is this misconception held by very conservative groups: medical marijuana will be used for recreational purposes or will lead to recreational marijuana use in order to get “high.” Medical marijuana is used as medicine to relieve pain and other symptoms of chronic and/or serious medical conditions.
The graph above, published by Bradford and Bradford, Health Affairs, July 2016, sheds much light on the impact the use of medical marijuana has had and continues to have, on addictive drug use.
Let’s get on with it, elected officials! Let the light shine through, and give our ill citizens availability to this plant that has many healing qualities, especially relief from many types of pain. Some of your colleagues have seen the light and passed state laws allowing prescribing of medical marijuana. Until the federal government passes a national law or properly amends the scheduling of marijuana, I hope more states will join the almost 30 states which have already passed marijuana laws.
Source: Article in the The Washington Post by Christopher Ingraham
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