Healthcare Can Be Bad for Your Health
Western medicine really shines in the emergency room where it’s focus on acute disease can remedy broken bones, life-threatening infections, and heart attacks. However, regardless of the miracles I see in the ER, I remain unconvinced that western medicine does a great job of creating health in general. Western medicine seems to define health as the absence of disease and often does little to promote wellness. Depending on how you look at the data, you could also make an argument that western medicine is one of the leading causes of death in our country.
Consider the fact that prescription opioids kill over 100 Americans a day. By prescription opioids, I mean only pills that have been legally produced and prescribed. This is more than all other recreational drugs combined, including heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. However, in the states that have adopted medical marijuana programs, there are on average 25% fewer deaths from opioids per year. This means we could save 25 lives a day by allowing the use of marijuana for pain treatment. Remember also that no deaths have ever been attributed to the ingestion of marijuana by itself. We're not just missing the boat when it comes to pain management, we're falling off the dock and drowning.
Frequently, in the emergency room, I have patients that demand narcotics for injuries or ailments. What I often tell them is, “Pain won’t kill you, but pain medicine will. Take some ibuprofen and some marijuana. And, if you really wanna be safe, leave out the ibuprofen.” The data is out there. Marijuana works for pain and it doesn't kill you the way prescription pain medicine seems to.
Ohio’s medical marijuana program begins next month. Chronic and/or intractable pain is a qualifying condition for the legal use of medical marijuana. Our physicians are well versed in the latest research and have experience recommending cannabis for the treatment of pain as well as integrating cannabis into an overall plan for wellness. Check out our website for details about scheduling and please contact us with questions. We believe in the power of cannabis to treat pain, and by doing so, to save lives.
Josh Short MD, Stillwater Medicine