A new tool is being used to help those addicted to opioids successfully complete the detoxification process – medical marijuana.
“Medical cannabis can help with a lot of the symptoms related to opioid withdrawal, so those include insomnia, pain, anxiety, those things can all happen when someone is withdrawing from opioids,” said state Assistant Health Commissioner Jeff Brown, who oversees the state’s medical cannabis program.
He noted over the past two years, the state’s medicinal cannabis program has added about 40,000 patients because several new conditions have been added that qualify for medical marijuana treatment, including opioid use disorder.
“Opioid use disorder is essentially opioid addiction," Brown said. "It’s somebody who is physically, psychologically addicted to opioids in any form whether it’s prescription painkillers or heroin.”
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