Category: Opioids

Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania
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Medical Cannabis in Pennsylvania

Even though medical cannabis was officially legalized in Pennsylvania as of April 17, 2016, only select conditions are eligible for cannabis-derived treatments as per the state’s recommendations and rulings. Currently, according to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act—also known simply as Act 16 of 2016—there are 17 qualifying conditions that the Act deems to warrant cannabis-derived...

How Medical Cannabis Legalization is Driving Down Opioid Addiction and Death
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How Medical Cannabis Legalization is Driving Down Opioid Addiction and Death

As the time grows nearer for medical cannabis to officially be accessible to the Pennsylvania public, many beg the question: Why try medical cannabis as opposed to prescription pills? Are you concerned about addiction? Well, there’s an easy answer: safety. Briefly, there are three families of prescription pills: central nervous system (CNS) depressants, stimulants and...

Placing focus on the U.S. opioid epidemic, how medical cannabis can help
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Placing focus on the U.S. opioid epidemic, how medical cannabis can help

According to the CDC, the United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids. For opioids that are prescribed as painkillers like oxycodone and morphine, several factors are likely to...

Reversing the Trend: The Use of Medical Cannabis in Treating Opioid Addiction in Pennsylvania
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Reversing the Trend: The Use of Medical Cannabis in Treating Opioid Addiction in Pennsylvania

Reversing the Trend: The Use of Medical Cannabis in Treating Opioid Addiction in Pennsylvania. The amount of opioid overdoses leading to death has increased significantly both in the United States and in our state of Pennsylvania. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the death toll for opioid abuse topped 33,000 in 2015....