• December 1, 2020

Older Americans Flocking to Marijuana in Part to Substitute Opioids

 Older Americans Flocking to Marijuana in Part to Substitute Opioids

As the New York Times reports, older Americans are flocking to medical marijuana. One of the reasons for this is that older Americans are looking for alternatives to dangerous opioids.

Dr. Joshua Briscoe, a psychiatrist at Duke also trained in palliative care, states in the article, “We’re always searching for a better medication that can treat pain and a host of other symptoms without burdensome side effects, and cannabis is promising.” Cannabis has been proven to reduce neuropathic pain, sometimes caused by diabetes, shingles or chemotherapy, without the toxic effects of opioids.

Catherine McCormick, a 53-year-old quoted in the story, finds cannabis to be a worthwhile expenditure. To lessen pain after knee replacement surgery, she was relying on high doses of ibuprofen, “too much wine” and several prescription drugs, including oxycodone, benzodiazepines and an antidepressant. She weaned herself from them all in a few months, she said, by smoking cannabis. That’s made her a believer.

“I have more energy. I can walk,” she said. “I’m not in pain. I feel so much better.”

Read the full New York Times story here. 

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus served as the Senior Statehouse Reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette where he co-launched ColoradoPolitics.com, covering politics, the governor’s office, the Colorado Legislature, Congress, and federal, state and local governments. He joined in November 2016 from The Durango Herald. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the top state-based political and legislative reporters in the nation. He also has won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association. In prior positions, Marcus worked for the Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly, and The Denver Daily News, a former free daily newspaper in Denver, where he covered City Hall, politics, and had an entertainment column. Before that, Marcus worked for the Longmont Times-Call. An Ithaca College graduate, Marcus studied journalism and creative writing, before moving to Colorado from New York in 2004.

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