Solution for the south florida opioid crisis?
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It’s no secret that South Florida has a not-so-shiny track record with opiod (over)use. The feds have tightened up policies and procedures resulting in “health” clinic and drug-ring busts. One article states an expected 800 people were to die from opiod overdose in 2016.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2010 more than 14,000 people have been dying annually from overdosing on these prescription painkillers.
Medical cannabis offers an alternative for certain chronic pain patients without the physical dependence and withdrawal effects of opiods such as oxycontin and demerol. Despite the centuries old medicinal knowledge of the powers of this plant, rigorous randomized controlled trials are lacking. This is partly due to the fact that since it is a plant, cannabis cannot be patented and pharmaceutical companies have no interest in funding studies for a compound that cannot be patented.
Medical marijuana has been approved in the State of Florida recently for a host of different conditions, however since 2014 it has been legal for compassionate use under the “Compassionate Medical Cannabias Act of 2014“. To determine if you qualify in Florida, please read our article here or click below.
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