Out of all of the scourges our nation faces in the early 21st century, perhaps none is as horrific as the opioid crisis.
What makes this issue so undeniably awful is the fact that we have allowed it to exist for no other reason than corporate greed. The Big Pharmaceutical industry is squarely to blame, given their knowledge of the addictive nature of these powerful painkillers. It is this reliance on drugs such as Vicodon, oxycontin, and others that allow these enormous companies to create perpetual, lifetime customers who have more trouble shaking the habit than they do rectifying the affliction that led them down the pill-popping path.
Worse still is the fact the we allow this, via the lobbyist system, with congressional lawmakers finding themselves swayed into regulatory malfeasance after being gifted untold treasures by these corporate cretins.
When the prescriptions run out, or the black market for them grows wildly expensive, many Americans tragically find themselves turning to heroin and other illegal opioids to get their fix.
Fighting the business behemoths behind this barbaric scheme is wildly difficult, given their stature within the American economic landscape, but battling the individual addictions doesn’t have to be. Opioid users can often be saved from their woes with a simple, herbal, natural remedy – something that New Mexico lawmakers are betting heavy on.
New Mexico health officials on Thursday expanded the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program to include opioid use disorder, joining several other states. Other qualifying conditions that were added include Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder and three degenerative neurological disorders.
First-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a former state health secretary, campaigned on a pledge to open up the medical marijuana program to people struggling with opioid use and addiction after the previous administration rejected petitions for the change.
Lujan Grisham said Thursday’s decision was long overdue.
“We need to explore and pursue every available means of responding to the health and wellness needs of our neighbors here in New Mexico,” the governor said. “Compassion must guide our decision making.”
As has been a theme in the United States as of late, cannabis is no longer being relegated to bachelor pad basement or the music festival circuit. The medicinal properties of the plant are finally having their heyday in the laboratories of America, and cannabis is proving to contain compounds that science previously misunderstood the effects of due to the difficulty of legal testing.
Now, if we could only find a way to get Big Pharma’s claws out of the backs of the American people, we might be onto something.