Letters: Dealing with opioids

Dealing with opioids

Editor:

America is in the grip of an opioid drug crisis.

We lose someone every 20 minutes to opioid pain pills, and their use has led many to street heroin. This is taking place in regular towns amongst good people, and there has to be a means to an end.

Fortunately, there is an option that’s legal and proven effective, medical marijuana.

About 150,000 Arizonans qualified for medical marijuana, and the majority qualified under chronic pain.

These patients reduced or stopped their opioid drug use by using marijuana as an alternative.

This takes opioid drugs out of medicine cabinets, off streets, and out of the hands of our kids.

Cannabis (marijuana) cannot cause overdose, according the Centers for Disease Control.

It’s proven effective for pain relief, and as a non-opioid alternative to Suboxone and Methadone. Colorado has seen a 6.5 percent drop in opioid-related deaths since legalization, according to the American Journal of Public Health.

Governor Ducey’s crisis solutions have not made a difference. In fact, the death toll is higher than ever.

We speak with the families, and it is heartbreaking. Gov. Ducey says people who suggest this option do so for monetary gain, which offends me.

I’ve been an unpaid volunteer, standing to save lives for the last decade. I don’t work in the marijuana industry, I am just a mom.

I pray Governor Ducey will include this viable solution in his next special session on the opioid crisis.

Kathy Inman

MomForceAZ