The focus on opioid prescriptions as a metric of success in the opioid crisis has not been successful. Instead, we need to ensure that mental health services are available and that those who require opioids for intolerable pain have options.
A paper from Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research shows the herb might help addicts through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. This means a cannabis alternative might be a substantial first step in addiction therapy.
On July 12, emergency regulations were filed by the New York State Department of Health to immediately allow people to register for medical marijuana for any type of condition that would otherwise be treated by opioids.
This is the third time the Assembly has passed this legislation, underscoring the chamber’s call for marijuana reform to center those who have been impacted by prohibition's disproportionate enforcement.
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