Blog Voices from the Frontlines
Women and Opioids: Inside the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in American History - Americans for Safe Access
Thirty-one women will lose their lives to opioids today. This special report details how the crisis is impacting all of us—and what it will take to end it.
37 state AGs call on insurance industry to prioritize non-opioid pain meds: 3 things to know - Americans for Safe Access
Attorneys general from 37 states are urging insurers to alter their coverage policies to prioritize non-opioid pain medications over opioids for the treatment of chronic pain not related to cancer.
A stitch in time saves nine. This may not be the reality we want or a society we court but we are in a crisis mode as far as opioids use is concerned. How did we get here? Who is to blame? Could it be our government or the physicians prescribing opioids? Some have argued culpability for civil society and of course who would forget the drug companies?
Valencia Elliott grew up in what she calls a tough part of the country where she’d regularly smell cannabis being smoked, but she never had any interest in it. That changed late in life when her husband, an Army veteran who’d been exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, confided he had cancer. Worse, he’d been hiding a prostate cancer diagnosis for a year, and by the time he told her, he also had two other types of cancer. That was June 3, 2015, but the nightmare had already started. She didn’t know what was wrong, but they were already going back and forth to the hospital with complaints about his pain.
By Larry Gabriel for the Detroit Metro Times
Another reason I think that much of our government leadership doesn't believe marijuana is medicine is that in all of the legislating that has been done, there has been nothing calling for medical qualifications or standards — or anything else regarding the medical side of this. (Americans for Safe Access has a Cannabis Care Certification program you can learn about at CannabisCareCertification.org).
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Medical Cannabis and the Opioid Epidemic - Americans for Safe Access
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took to the Senate floor yesterday to discuss a bill related to medical cannabis research, but in his remarks he connected the issue of medical cannabis to the larger issue of the opioid epidemic:
We are a nation in pain. The exact numbers are a matter of (contentious) debate, but somewhere between 11 and 30 percent of us are in chronic pain. Our backs hurt and our joints ache, we have irritable bowel syndrome and we get migraines on the regular.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to remedy the problem of suicide in the veteran community. Dr. Nicole Braida is the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the South Texas VA. She says that over-prescription and misuse of opioid medication has created problems for the veteran community, leading to suicides and premature deaths.
At the recent Cannabis Science Conference, a “Docs and the Jocks” panel explored the role of cannabis in treating sports related injuries. Former NFL players Marvin Washington and Jim McMahon spoke about the stigma that remains present in the NFL towards those players who wish to treat their chronic pain with cannabis.
In the September 2017 Issue:
- Congress Extends Patient Protections to December
- DOJ Challenged by Congress on Cannabis Research Delays
- Maryland Approves Three More PFC-certified Companies
- PFC Trainings in Philly, New Webinar, California Conference
- ASA Educating State Officials at National Conference
- ASA Activist Profile: Valencia Elliott, Westchester, New York
- Action Alert: Sign the Petition on Ending the Opioid Crisis