Marijuana, A Solution To The Opioid Crisis

Marijuana, A Solution To The Opioid Crisis

A perspective on the potential solution of medical marijuana to replace opioid medication, and combat the opioid crisis.


"Hi Janice, how is everything?" Susan asked as she hugged her friend.

"Everything is ok at the moment, I am just feeling hazy today"

"I'm sorry to hear, especially today. What medication are you taking?"

"I don't know the exact name of the medication, but it is an opioid" Janice responded.

"Well, how long have you felt like this?"

"Since I started taking it, which was about 4 or 5 weeks ago."

"Are there any other alternatives that you can take besides this medication that you're on?" Susan asked.

"My doctor gave me three choices, but all of them were opioids, and he said basically they are all the same. So, I just took the one he told me was the best. Why are you asking?" Janice said.

"I'm asking because similarly to you when I had a bad fall recently, I was looking at different medicines for the pain. However, I am currently on medical cannabis pills right now" Susan replied.

"What? I couldn't even tell that you were high!" Janice said surprisingly.

"Janice, I would not go to a funeral high, these medical marijuana pills don't have that side effect on me," Susan said while rolling her eyes.

"Wait, what?"

"Yes, Janice. My doctor helped me get into this medical marijuana program that is provided by Pennsylvania. I have heard all of the statistics about opioids, and after what happened to Adam, well you know, I did not want to put any of that stuff in my body" Susan explained.

"Do you have to be in that program in order to get these pills?" Janice asked Susan.

"No, you don't have to, but you would save a lot of money if you were" Susan replied.

"How much are the pills if you are not part of the program?"

"It is hundreds of dollars, and that is because medical insurance will not cover it" Susan said.

"Well, then what am I supposed to do??"Janice asked.

"Ask your doctor to see if you can get into that program. But until more research is done you've got to just stick to the medicine" Susan replied.

"Janice, Susan, we're about to start. Susan, are you ready to give your speech?" a man asked soon after opening the door. Susan nodded and held Janice's hand as walked to the door.

"Good morning friends, family, and our loved ones. We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of Adam, who tragically passed away from an opioid overdose a couple of weeks ago. Before telling you all the life of Adam, I would just like to ask that we support his family, especially his mother Janice, in this time of need" Susan told the crowd while looking over the black but shining coffin in the center of the church.

But before she could continue her speech, Janice fastly walked out the door in grief, and Susan followed her friend outside the church again.

For Further Reading:

Ken Alltucker "Marijuana as a cure for opioid use? Nation's top drug scientist says she's skeptical"

Ryan Faircloth "Medical marijuana helping users combat opioids in Minnesota, but some doctors have concerns"

Brett Molina "Americans more likely to die of opioid overdose than car crash, council report says"

Wiese and Wilson-Poe "Emerging Evidence for Cannabis' Role in Opioid Use Disorder"

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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