💊 Now that the opioid crisis has basically been officially declared a "National Emergency" options are being explored.
🏨 It was recently revealed that the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a 3.8 million grant to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System to conduct a 5-year investigation to determine whether cannabis medicine could be used as an alternative to prescription painkillers.
💲This is the 1st time Uncle Sam has ever coughed up a single cent to delve deeper into an increasing body of evidence pointing to cannabis as a potential aid in the opioid epidemic.
📑 The study, which will consist of around 250 HIV positive and HIV negative patients presently enrolled in New York’s medical marijuana program, will examine pain reports in the form of “web-based questionnaires” to see with which medicine (cannabis or opioids) patients are experiencing the most success.
💉 Researchers will also collect a series of blood and urine samples throughout the course of the next 18-months, as well as conduct “in-depth” interviews with the respondents to learn more about how they feel about the opioid versus medical marijuana debate.
💬 The associate Chief of Medicine stated “There is a lack of information about the impact of medical marijuana on opioid use in those with chronic pain."
“As state and federal governments grapple with the complex issues surrounding opioids and medical marijuana, we hope to provide evidence-based recommendations that will help shape responsible and effective healthcare practices and public policies.”
Full story at HIGHTIMES.com/news. By Mike Adams. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
🏛 In case you missed it, here's what Trump had to say last Thursday. “The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis." Trump told reporters.
He said he’d be drawing up documents to formalize the declaration soon.