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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

PROTECT-MEDICAL-CANNABIS-PATIENTS_copy.pngToo 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. Members in yellow are the newest co-sponsors.

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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Oct 062017

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts - Americans for Safe Access

CBS_new.pngDrug overdose deaths, once rare, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing peak annual deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, guns and HIV infection. The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

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Oct 022017

Medical Marijuana May Treat Rheumatism Better Than Opioids - Americans for Safe Access

the_fresh_toast.pngAs seen with many medical conditions relating to treatment with marijuana, research into the benefits of the herb’s uses concerning rheumatism is still in its infancy. However, there have been a few rather interesting studies to date. 

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Sep 272017

Republican Senator Wants to Make Marijuana Easier to Study - Americans for Safe Access

By Gillian Mohney for Healthline

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah has introduced a bill to relax medical marijuana research regulations.

“On the one hand, it’s a political victory. I think having a bill that even touches on the subject from Orrin Hatch is considered a win, but on the other hand, we’re of the mind the research is there, the research is done.[Medical marijuana] programs have been around for 20 years. A research bill was more appropriate in the late 1990s and early 2000s.” - David Mangone, JD