The Problem With Withholding Cannabis From Elderly Opioid Users

The Problem With Withholding Cannabis From Elderly Opioid Users

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Opioid use and abuse is rampant. It is a true health crisis. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that in 2017 more than 1.6 million Americans were suffering from substance abuse disorder related to opioids and 130 people died every day from opioid abuse.

Seniors are especially vulnerable as many who are under care at senior care facilities and nursing homes have limited access to alternatives. Even in states where medical cannabis is a legal alternative, it is often banned in these facilities due to federal prohibition.

“Despite the dearth of data, a grassroots groundswell of anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that cannabis can effectively be used to counter opioid dependency. Yet it will never convince a medical establishment wedded to gold-standard, evidence-based science, with a federally-endorsed bias against “dangerous drugs.”[…]

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