Pain Doctor Challenges Dr. Gupta’s About Cannabis as Solution to Opioid Epidemic
Dr. Ken Finn, a pain doctor in Colorado Springs, responds to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Advocacy of Cannabis.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been supporting the use of marijuana to curb the opioid crisis. But Gupta does not have specialty training in pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, or anesthesia.
There you go again, Dr. Gupta
This is the original opinion piece Dr. Finn is responding to. As Ilona Mager, the President of Parents Opposed to Pot says, ‘“Nothing is made better with drugs.”
In a promo for his upcoming report on the role of marijuana in alleviating the opioid crisis, CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, beckons viewers: “Join us as we investigate a search for answers and meet potential pioneers and outspoken critics. Whether you struggle with opioids or know one of the millions who do, …
Congress Focus on Opioids, Misses Larger Crisis
“We still haven’t built a functioning addiction treatment system,” said Corey Waller, who chairs the legislative advocacy committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. “Because as soon as opioids are done, it’s marijuana, and it will always be alcohol, then now we have methamphetamine coming up.”
“We have crossed the paths of where the illicit side is now the leading problem. Fentanyl, heroin and other adulterants out there are our problem,” Robert Patterson, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in May.
By SANDHYA RAMAN, ANDREW SIDDONS and MARY ELLEN McINTIRE Congress faced a startling public health and political problem throughout 2016 as the number of people dying from opioid addiction climbed. The number of Americans succumbing to drug overdoses more than tripled between 1999 and 2015, affecting a whiter and more geographically diverse population than previous drug crises.