Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Sep 192017

Women and Opioids: Inside the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in American History - Americans for Safe Access

Glamour-Logo.svgThirty-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.

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Sep 192017

37 state AGs call on insurance industry to prioritize non-opioid pain meds: 3 things to know - Americans for Safe Access

hospital-logo.pngAttorneys 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.

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Sep 192017

We must tackle opioid problem before it leads to an AIDS epidemic - Americans for Safe Access

thehill-logo-big.pngA 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?

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Sep 182017

ASA Activist Profile: Valencia Elliott, Westchester, New York - Americans for Safe Access

unnamed.jpgValencia 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.

Sep 142017

Michigan’s war on pot - Americans for Safe Access

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).

Sep 142017

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:

Sep 142017

Cannabis and chronic pain - Americans for Safe Access

Boulder_Weekly_Logo.jpgWe 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.

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Sep 132017

Poor Pain Management Can Lead To Veteran Suicide - Americans for Safe Access

texas_public_radio.jpgThe 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. 

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Sep 132017

The Secret To Treating Chronic Pain With Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

the_fresh_toast.pngAt 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.

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Sep 122017

ASA Activist Newsletter - September 2017 - Americans for Safe Access

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