Hope for the Opiod Crisis
The Role for Medical Marijuana
By now I am sure every American is aware of the opioid crisis facing the nation. Are they also aware that Medical Marijuana may hold the answer to eliminating that opioid crisis? https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/medical-marijuana-opioid-pain-relief-substitute But it is not just our problem—it is global. I saw an article about how the opioid crisis was affecting the marine life in Seattle. Scientists who monitor the pollution of the waters around the city have detected traces of oxycodone in the mussel population off Puget Sound. Seattle citizens are consuming large amounts of opioids, and it is affecting their wastewater going into the sound. Just what can be done? Is there a role for Medical Marijuana?
The numbers are staggering. It is estimated that the opioid crisis has cost America in excess of $500 billion in 2015. Since 2000, more than 300,000 people have lost their lives to opioid overdoses. In 2016 alone, 2 million people had an addiction to illegal opioids.
I think Medical Marijuana can play a pivotal role in helping to reverse these alarming trends. In the first year of legalizing recreational marijuana, the number of traffic fatalities in Nevada went down 10 percent. The number of deaths related to overdose of opioids also decreases in states with legalize Medical Marijuana. Certainly there is a cause and effect. Consider encouraging members of congress to allow Medical Marijuana to be recognized as a compensable benefit on insurance and at the VA. It’s time to end this National Opiod Crisis!
Pain relief is ostensibly the reason for physician prescription of opioids. The synergistic effect of medical marijuana is a good reason to include it for those with all kinds of pain. Perhaps, there is hope for this terrible scourge.