Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Mexico close to adding opioid use disorder to medical cannabis rules

Jessica Gelay is the policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico.

She spoke with KSFR radio about treating opioid abuse with cannabis. Her position aligns with the Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial board.
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has made the best decision for addicts by recommending opioid use disorder be named a qualifying condition for the use of cannabis. All that needs to happen for patients to get relief is for Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher to listen to experts. [editorial, Santa Fe New Mexican]
Our Cheeto-dusted Führer has issued an edict to address the opioid epidemic spreading through his white voter base but is missing an opportunity to actually fix it.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

1 comment:

larry kurtz said...

"The clinically and statistically significant evidence of an association between MCP enrollment and opioid prescription cessation and reductions and improved quality of life warrants further investigations on cannabis as a potential alternative to prescription opioids for treating chronic pain." PLOS ONE