Political Analyst – Derek Thomas
Fighting the Opioid Crisis: Give Cannabis a Chance
If you’re a Canadian who suffers from chronic pain, watch out. A perfect storm is coming your way.
It’s one that’s already engulfing the US.
New government-endorsed opioid-prescribing guidelines for doctors were announced earlier this month. And they’re sure to be a tough pill to swallow for many chronic pain sufferers.
In mid-2015, we reported on a doctor who pled guilty to having received $83,000 in kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics (INSY). This development was just the tip of the iceberg and two years later, the people and firms involved are starting to pay the price for their actions.
We are in the middle of an opioid epidemic that has resulted in countless overdoses and deaths across the country. This concerning trend as well as overall drug use would decline if the United States legalized cannabis.
Painkillers have become a serious issue in the United States. During the past 15 years, America has seen a tremendous growth in both the sales of prescription opiates and the number of people who die each year from abusing them. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), painkillers accounted for 60% of all overdose deaths in 2013. Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the University of California-Irvine (UCI) may have found the answer and that is marijuana.