Blog Voices from the Frontlines

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
Sep 122017

Why Are Opioid Painkillers Legal But Marijuana Isn't? - Americans for Safe Access

images.pngThere is a bottom line people lose sight of when discussing the opioid crisis sweeping the country: Millions of Americans experience chronic pain every day. They need help, and painkillers created using opioids are highly effective.

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Sep 082017

Study finds legal cannabis may reduce use of dangerous prescription drugs - Americans for Safe Access

univ_of_nm.png“The potential for addiction and health risks associated with using multiple scheduled drugs places additional direct monetary and health costs on patients and healthcare systems due to an increased number of side effects, risky drug interactions, dependency, and overdose” stated University of New Mexico researchers Jacob Miguel Vigil and Sarah See Stith, of a new study titled, Effects of Legal Access to Cannabis on Scheduled II-V Drug Prescriptions, which will be soon released in an upcoming issue of the Journal of American Medical Directors Association.

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Sep 072017

The stunning prevalence of painkiller use among unemployed men - Americans for Safe Access

2000px-The_Logo_of_The_Washington_Post_Newspaper.svg.pngThe Princeton economist Alan Krueger started with a question: What’s keeping young people out of work? Over the last two decades, the share of employed Americans in their prime has steadily tumbled — even as the economy recovered and businesses nationwide struggled to fill openings. In a new paper, Krueger argues that opioids pose more than just a health threat: They’re benching workers across the country.

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Sep 072017

House Committee Blocks Vote to Protect Medical Cannabis Patients - Americans for Safe Access

U.S. House Committee on Rules Blocks Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment

Washington D.C. --  Last night, the House Committee on Rules voted to not allow a floor vote on an amendment which would continue to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs.  The amendment, introduced by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has been part of the appropriations package since 2015.

Sep 062017

Big Pharma Is Developing Cannabis-Based Painkillers - Americans for Safe Access

the_fresh_toast.pngThe success that medical cannabis has seen in the past five years has prompted researchers and scientists to dive deep into the plant’s medicinal properties and uses, one of the most important being the aid that cannabis can provide for victims of opioid addiction and chronic pain. 

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Sep 052017

One in 12 doctors accepts payment from pharmaceutical companies related to opioids - Americans for Safe Access

worldpharmanews.pngOne in twelve physicians - and nearly one in five family medicine physicians - accepted payments from pharmaceutical companies related to opioids, according to a new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. This is the first large-scale, national study of industry payments involving opioids and suggests that pharmaceutical companies may have a stronger hold than previously known on how doctors prescribe the powerful drugs. 

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