Americans for Safe Access to Hold Event to Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis; Suggests Medical Cannabis as Safer Alternative

January 24, 2019 | Reenal Doshi

CONTACT: Reenal Doshi, Reenal@safeaccessnow.org, 240.893.2153 x.4

Americans for Safe Access to Hold Event to Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis; Suggests Medical Cannabis as Safer Alternative

WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, January 25, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will hold an event to raise awareness of the life-saving role that medical cannabis can play in the fight against the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. In 2017, ASA partnered with the U.S. Pain Foundation to launch the End Pain, Not Lives (EPNL) campaign to address the root of the opioid epidemic in the United States. The goals of the campaign include removing barriers to access to treatment for people with pain, chronic pain, and opioid use disorder. The campaign also focuses on educating medical professionals, legislators, service providers, and patients about medical cannabis as a safer alternative for pain management.

WHAT: National “End Pain, Not Lives” campaign awareness event/fundraiser

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019

WHERE: Sudhouse – 1340 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (One block from 13th Street exit,  U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro Station)  

WHO: Americans for Safe Access is the largest national organization of patients, medical cannabis providers, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research with over 100,000 active members in all 50 states.

Overview of Schedule

6:00 p.m - Event start time

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - DJ Yellanin will be performing sets throughout the event

7:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. - Band plays their first session

7:25 p.m. - 7:35p.m. - Steph Sherer, President and Founder of ASA, talks about EPNL campaign

7:35 p.m. - 7: 40 p.m. - Ellen Smith from the U.S. Pain Foundation will give a patient’s perspective of medical cannabis to alleviate pain

7:40 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. - Debbie Churgai, Deputy Director of ASA, will talk about ASA’s 2019 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (March 18-20, 2019)

8:15 p.m. - 8:35 p.m. - Band plays their second session



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