Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Oct 172017

The Tom Marino Roller Coaster: Three Days of Drug Policy Changes - Americans for Safe Access

Tom_in_front_of_DC_Office_.jpgOn October 15, 2017, the Washington Post and 60 Minutes released a scathing report on the pharmaceutical industry’s influence of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This report, in large part, scrutinized Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) and his potential appointment as the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) also known as the Drug Czar because of his ties with and sponsorship of legislation favoring the pharmaceutical industry.

Oct 172017

4-Year Trend of Rising Opioid Deaths Reversed in Colorado After Marijuana Legalization - Americans for Safe Access

reason.pngSince legal recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado in January 2014, the state has seen a 6 percent drop in opioid deaths, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health. The drop follows 14 years of rising opioid deaths, going back to the first year for which the researchers had data.

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Oct 162017

Medical Marijuana Expert Ethan Russo Joins Center of Excellence - Americans for Safe Access

Photograph of Dr. Ethan Russo holding in a foreground a business card with the ICCI logo and his name on it.(Prague, 16th October 2017) International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) welcomes Ethan Russo, MD as the new Director of Research and Development. ICCI is the first-ever international Center of Excellence for the advancement of cannabis and cannabinoid treatments located in the Czech Republic. ICCI identifies, coordinates, and supports global research priorities for the advancement of cannabis and cannabinoid treatments through a multidiscipline evidence-based approach that incorporates innovative tools and approaches.

Oct 122017

ASA Activist Newsletter - October 2017

In the October 2017 Issue:

  • ASA Weighs in as World Health Org Considers CBD
  • PFC Educating Doctors, Conducting Trainings in 3 States
  • American Legion Urges VA Secretary to Back Medical Cannabis Study
  • New Bipartisan Bill to Aid Cannabis Research
  • DC May Expand Access to Medical Cannabis to Stem Opioid Crisis
  • Acting DEA Chief Resigns, Longtime Deputy Appointed
  • ASA Activist Profile: Amy Mellen, Maryland
  • ACTION ALERT: End Pain, Not Lives – Sign the Petition Today
Oct 122017

Tweet a Thank You to Co-Sponsors and Sponsors of the CARERS Act of 2017 - Americans for Safe Access

Too often we forget to thank Members of Congress who show their support for medical cannabis patients and their access to medicine. Please take a moment today to use the links below to tweet a quick "thank you" to the original sponsors and co-sponsors of the CARERS Act of 2017.

If your Member of Congress is not a co-sponsor yet, send them a message and ask them to co-sponsor CARERS today!

Oct 122017

The opioid epidemic, explained - Americans for Safe Access

vox.pngIf nothing is done, we can expect a lot of people to die: A forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses — more than the entire city of Baltimore. The US risks losing the equivalent of a whole American city in just one decade.

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Oct 112017

The use of cannabis in response to the opioid crisis: A review of the literature - Americans for Safe Access

nursing_outlook.pngA staggering number of Americans are dying from overdoses attributed to prescription opioid medications (POMs). In response, states are creating policies related to POM harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, and alternative therapies for pain management, such as cannabis (medical marijuana). However, little is known about how the use of cannabis for pain management may be associated with POM use.

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Oct 102017

Medical marijuana patients report reduction in use of prescription drugs - Americans for Safe Access

chicago-tribune.jpgSome medical marijuana patients in Illinois say the drug has allowed them to reduce or eliminate their use of other prescription medication, a new study reports. The study by DePaul and Rush universities was small, with 30 participants, and involved only those who volunteered to respond to the topic, so researchers conceded the results might be biased in favor of marijuana. But it's believed to be the first peer-reviewed, published research of medical marijuana patients in Illinois.

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Oct 062017

Cigna to stop covering most OxyContin prescriptions - Americans for Safe Access

cnn.pngIn an attempt to reduce opioid use amid a nationwide abuse epidemic, insurance giant Cigna will no longer cover most OxyContin prescriptions in its group plans beginning January 1. "Our focus is on helping customers get the most value from their medications -- this means obtaining effective pain relief while also guarding against opioid misuse," Cigna Chief Pharmacy Officer Jon Maesner said in a statement Wednesday.

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Oct 062017

Former Pain Doc: 'If Opiates Didn’t Cause Tolerance, We Wouldn't Be Here' - Americans for Safe Access

the_fix.pngDr. Bobby Dey, a retired physician and pain management specialist, says that no one is at fault for America’s epidemic of opioid dependence and overdose—but that it had more to do with the nature of prescription painkillers themselves.

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