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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM:
If we can assemble a team dedicated to presenting this evidence, then I am willing to continue pursuing this proposal through every channel available to me. If not, I will re- focus my energies on other important work. I'm thinking if we can generate a convincing body of evidence, we can call a special ACMM meeting in mid July for the purpose of presenting this evidence to Barry Kast to consider for adding PTSD as a qualifying condition administratively before leaving his post.
The four areas of evidence we must present are:
- Estimated increase in the number of OMMP cardholders as a result of adding PTSD as a qualifying condition
- Projected increase in revenue resulting from adding PTSD along with recommended fee structure changes if necessary
- Peer reviewed medical evidence for the safety & efficacy of cannabis used in the treatment for PTSD
- Testimony from PTSD patients who benefit from the use of cannabis
Please let me know asap if you are willing and able to form this team to get this important work done in a short time.
Very important & timely!! Does anyone have reliable data showing the > potential increase in OMMP cardholder rates if PTSD or other conditions are > added as qualifying conditions? > > We are investigating other ways for the OMMP to meet the SB 5529 spending > budget without causing 25,000 patients to drop from the program due to > prohibitive fee increases.
Sunday, June 19 at 09:51 PM:
Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 09:50 AM:
on 3/20/2011 at 3:13 PM:
on 12/18/2010 at 11:50 AM:
I understand that you are an extremely busy individual so I’ll attempt to be brief. A person in your position has probably seen all the research done on medical marijuana; I will instead tell about how medical marijuana has affected me, a soldier diagnosed with PTSD. I served in OIF V-VII; it was an extremely daunting task that resulted in a classic case of PTSD; I am 50% disabled. Thankfully Battle fatigue is progressively receiving the recognition it deserves, this recognition directly results in an olio of treatments.
When I first returned from war my superiors would slap me on the back and sternly say “Soldier on!” As problems exacerbated and were finally recognized I was sent to counselors. Here a soldier who had some type of certificate ran a group counseling session; I found that the group sessions were of little help. The issue really took a terrible turn when I fulfilled my contract with the Army; I decided to try the civilian life. I attempted to build a life I would be proud of. Through sabotage PTSD stripped me of my life. The chronic pains of war took quite a savage toll, all I could do was drag what I had left to the VA; the intervention they immediately gave was medication. I lived the next 2 years in a prescription coma. As a perspective anchor in this condition even leaving my home was distressing; entirely fed up I spent every penny I had to explore an abundant amount of alternatives; acupuncture, chiropractor, massage therapy, and even hypnosis all to no avail. Finally medical marijuana was suggested.
Curious as to how medical marijuana would solve my problem, I conducted research on an imposing scale. I was initially overwhelmed at the amount of available data and intrigued I sought the advice of professionals. After a visit with two doctors, medical marijuana was prescribed. This was the turnaround marker in my life. Through 5 years of treatment nothing has combated my PTSD like medical marijuana. It is entirely probable that had this treatment been available sooner, my suffering would have been dramatically reduced; optimistically perhaps 5 years of hardship could have been avoided. Unfortunately optimism is no longer common practice. I find it terrifying that the most effective treatment I have found is being harbored from Oregonian soldiers suffering from PTSD.
I recently moved to this lovely state for schooling purposes. I am a full time student that maintains a 3.82 GPA. Now that I’m in Oregon I’m no longer able to have a medical marijuana card for my PTSD. I feel as if I’m being forced back into my pharmaceutical coma. I do understand that priorities are life. However, I ask that you help me continue my rebounding life; I fully appreciate that you are tasked with, and able to maintain an unbiased informed decision.
Thank you for your time,
Monday, July 19, 2010 at 07:45 AM:
Tuesday, May 4 at 08:17 AM:
Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 07:14 PM:
Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm:
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 11:21 AM:
Antidepressants increase risks for suicidal ideation?! Opiods cause consitpation, rebound headaches and severe withdrawl; Ativan can produce seizure activity and withhdrawl as well.
The pharmeceutical industry is rittled with issues of abuse, misuse. Everyday at work, I see the public feeling powerless in their right to choose their medicine of choice, and resist pharmeceutical options. I work with the elderly. Not psychedelic ward patients. With the exception of pediatrics, I see a huge consensus within medical communities.
But what to do if a nurse is a card holder? Do they get fired for having a card? Do they get fired for having a blatantly positive for marijuana drug test? Lying IS bad and it doesn't need to be done, nurses are associated with integrity. Nurses are also associateed with chronic pain issues. Weigh in folks!
I think what our society needs to see is some discretion from the marijuana community in order to endorse fully decriminalized access. For those already within the medical field our quandry continues. Please open doors for debate. Nurseing is so physically demanding, and after dealing with years of intense greif and frustrations from dealing with sick populations it is important that healthcare workers have effective ways to recover in their spare time. No one wants thir nurse to be high on cocaine, but I know many patients who are ok with their nurse being a "stoner".
It goes without saying do to what is verbalized in the Nurse Acts nationwide that intoxication at work is unacceptable. Just because alcohol is legal doesn't mean it is ok to start IV's and take Vital signs 'buzzing'. Self medication is rampant and demonized, and it is stigmatized within the nursing and medial doctor community. The Patient-Nurse relationship is a two way street more then any policy writter can wrap their heads around. I can not offer a soluable solutiont to this timeframes with drug tests capture and the correlation between intoxxication at work. But showing up to work after smoking weed, and/or part taking AT work are not ethical in my opinion.
If more nurses were allwed to smoke weed under the current guidelines of the medical marijuana act (or some revision of it), we wouln't have a nursing shortage folks!
Cheers to all the nurses and doctors who smoke weed, exercise daily, eat fresh healthy food, take care of 30 patients in a day without causing any harm, we are healers by trade, and we sacrifice our physical condition to produce health in others!
I would like to see the same laws that protect our patients protect healthcare workers!
Oregon Nurse "
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:21 AM:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 03:38 PM:
Tuesday, May 19 at 12:57 AM:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 12:43 AM:
Pot Shots for Israeli Soldiers
Cannabis Nurse’ "Gives Up" License & State Co - DdC Sat Nov 25, 2006, visit - http://drugwarrant.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=604
Dr. Molly Fry gets 5 ******* Years! MM, visit - http://tinyurl.com/3mbxyf
Groups Endorsing RxGanja, visit - http://drugwarrant.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1195
High Times for Alzheimers
Sister Somaya Kambui 03/20/02, visit - http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/714
Granny Storm Crow's MMJ List, visit - http://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=95659
Rx Ganja, visit - http://i35.tinypic.com/263j4et.jpg
Ganjawar's Spontaneous Abortionists, visit - http://tinyurl.com/pesticideabortionists
Nixon Lie Keeps on Killing, visit - http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1523/master/1/
Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression
Iraq & Afghan Vets Suffer PTSD & Depression, visit - http://tinyurl.com/47jlc9
Many Veterans are the Enemy of the D.E.A.th War, visit - http://drugwarrant.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=62
Don't Need Politicians or
COPs...Buzz Off - DdC
STOP the Disease Tax!
Senior Home Care - DdC
Virtues' of Ganja, visit - http://tinyurl.com/4deh6e
Politics of Pot, visit - http://tinyurl.com/4epw2n
"Hello future medical marijuana patient, I’ve always believed in the medicinal effects of marijuana.” - Sona Patel M.D., visit - http://www.doc420.com "
Friday, April 17, 2009 at 5:41 AM:
This is to encourage adding PTSD to the list of MMJ treatable conditions. It only stands to reason that if a medication helps with a medical condition then it should be prescribed. Instead of just giving my opinion maybe it will help for me to share my story.
I have been dealing with my issues for about 20 years now but was only diagnosed by the VA in the last year with PTSD, anxiety disorder and I am bi-polar. I medicated myself with MJ for a long time but quit about 5 years ago due to a change of employment.
Two years ago I started using mental health services available through the community and the VA because my issues were getting too much for me to deal with myself. After trying no less than 10 different pharmaceuticals including Prozac, Valium, Risparadol and Paxil (all with no benefit) I was lucky enough to be prescribed the last two Medications at the same time which resulted in a drug interaction that put me in a coma for two weeks and on life support for four days, not to mention the six months of hallucinations the medication caused prior to my hospitalization . After my hospital stay I stopped taking all pysch meds and started smoking again. The nightmares have stopped, I get more than one hour of sleep a night (meds caused insomnia) and all original symptoms have lessened to manageable levels again and all side effects of the psych meds have gone.
I can not speak for anyone else, but for me, my ONLY option is MMJ. Due to the present laws in this state I have been forced to seek medication that works outside of legal means and risk all the penalties of breaking the law. Due to physical issues I also have (Degenerative disc disease, Bursitis and Osteoarthritis) I am now able to secure MMJ. While my medication issues are solved I have recently learned that I am not alone in dealing with exactly the same mental health issues and the same medication issues.
If there is anything I can do to aid you in making this a reality please do not hesitate to contact me. "
Friday, March 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM: