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Pain Killers are out of Control

In Advocacy, Chronic Pain, Feature Stories by Melanie TsikosLeave a Comment

On October 3 2014 Carly Weeks of The Globe and Mail brought to light the dangerous and life threatening trend of Canadian doctors over prescribing high-dose opioids. It sounds like some of these doctors are carelessly sticking to this dangerous norm despite the real risks faced by the patients who rely on them for professional advice. While drugs like Percocet …

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Opioid Painkiller Deaths Lower in States with Legal Medical Marijuana?

In Advocacy, Chronic Pain, Feature Stories by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

News Item A recent study by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the annual number of deaths from prescription overdoses from drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone+acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone was lower by about 25 percent on average over the period 1999 through 2010. To highlight the growing problem, each day in the United States 46 …

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Do American and Canadian prisoners have access to medical marijuana?

In Advocacy, Feature Stories by Kay Mathews

You’re sick and need your medicine. But when you are prosecuted for a crime and sent to prison, you don’t have access to the medicine that helps curb your pain and lets you sleep peacefully. Your pleading goes unheard; sickness continues to ravage your body. This scenario is familiar to any medical marijuana users incarcerated in North America. Medical marijuana-using …

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How medical marijuana can help veterans suffering from PTSD

In Advocacy, PTSD, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new report found how medical marijuana can help combat the many symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But how accessible is the medicine for those who need it most? A Israeli study tested the effects of THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) on 10 patients with severe PTSD, as MediJean writes. They were given 5 mg of THC oil …

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Doctors press Iowa Senate to legalize medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

This week, doctors and marijuana users and experts explained to Iowa lawmakers how medical marijuana can be beneficial to some patients. Thomas Carlstrom, a retired Des Moines neurosurgeon, said at the committee meetings Wednesday: “I think its time has come. I think the medical uses for marijuana are absolute, they are happening …I think we really need to give serious thought to …

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Parents, politicians pushing for sick kids be treated with medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Children, Feature Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Medical marijuana and sick children may seem like an likely fit; however, the treatment has been recommended for nine-month-old Kaitlyn Pogson of Toronto. Physicians have suggested a cannabis oil extract may help alleviate the extreme seizures that have afflicted Kaitlyn since birth. Her parents are taking notice. In an exclusive interview with The Medical Marijuana Review, Kaitlyn’s father, Barry Pogson, …

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Survey: Majority of U.S. parents support medical marijuana legalization

In Advocacy, Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new survey recently revealed that a majority of American parents support medical marijuana legalization. Parents overwhelmingly believe that, like alcohol, marijuana should only be legal for adults over the age of 21. The online survey, conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a hardline critic of drug use, found “that despite shifting attitudes in support of marijuana legalization, the risks of marijuana – especially …