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PAIN MANAGEMENT WITHOUT OPIOIDS

DISCLAIMER


  • The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.




THE MISSION

LECTURE POINTS

  • Share with the audiences my history with pain pills after becoming addicted following an automobile accident and how I weaned myself off the highly toxic opiates using Cannabis to deal with the withdrawal symptoms and with the moral and spiritual support of people who cared about my wellness.


  • Lobby local, state and members of the U.S. Congress to remove marijuana from the DEA’s Schedule 1 and place it in the same category as alcohol and tobacco. There is no reason other than politics to keeps Cannabis in the same category as heroin and cocaine.

 

  • I intend to use social media, the press and TV talk shows to lobby for the release of all prisoners currently incarcerated for possession of small amounts of marijuana in the states that allow “recreational” use of the drug.


THE LEGAL DRUG EPEDEMIC

  • The image shown above is of two  friends and I in Las Vegas. Both ladies  have benefited from Topicals containing CBDs. In Juanita's case (bottom left), her knees were severely swollen from arthritis that like many elderly must deal with daily. After three or four days of applying a pain relief cream, she experienced noticeable relief from the crippling effects of the inflamed nerves. 


  • Pain in the elderly population is especially difficult given the myriad of physiological, pharmacological, and psychological aspects of caring for the geriatric patient. Opiates are the mainstay of pain treatment throughout all age groups but special attention must be paid to the efficacy and side effects of these powerful drugs when prescribing to a population with impaired metabolism, excretion and physical reserve. 

LICENSED MARIJUANA AGENT

  • My information and knowledge of  marijuana is derived from sixty-one years as a user and my employment as a State of Nevada licensed agent at the number one  dispensary in Las Vegas. Of course I knew about THC, I am a musician and can smell the difference between "Columbian Red" and "Alcapulco Gold", two of the more potent flavors of the '60s ,'70s and '80s, the age of seeds and stems.


  • To truly understand the various properties in today's marijuana I applied to and was hired at the Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary. Part of my training to work at the Dispensary included learning terms like Terpeninolene, trans-Ocimene,  b-Caryophyllene and Cannabinoids, Myrenes and the many healing properties of the weed such as CBDs, that do not alter the conscience (get you high).



WHAT I KNOW CAN HELP YOU GROW

A MOTHERLESS CHILD, Second Edition

Since publishing my non-fictional autobiography A Motherless Child, Second Edition, I have dedicated myself full time as a Motivational Speaker and Audio Actor to bringing my message to the young and the elderly about opioid addiction and my personal challenges due to no fault of my own.


OVERVIEW

The "ease" of the read makes all the messages and revelations flow without a "preachy" effect that often nullifies those things. Also shows someone who does not shy away from HIS responsibility for HIS life.


OPIOIDS

  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, Percocet, among others. 


  •  Opiate addiction can affect everyone differently.  Some people can use the drugs for a prolonged period of time without ever feeling the strong symptoms of addiction while others may use opiates only a handful of times before physical dependence begins to heavily set in. No one should receive a precription for opioids for a tooth extraction or a sprained ankle..


  • The symptoms of opiate addiction are often physical in scope and easily recognized by the user and by others. It’s important to understand how physical opiate addiction symptoms relate to you so that you can asses your individual risk and the potential need for professional treatment early on. Getting help immediately can save you from a lot of undue stress, danger and potential long term consequences. 


  • They were exposed Sunday by The Washington Post and CBS’s 60 Minutesas(10/15/2017) as pawns of the pharmaceutical industry. It took $100 million spent strategically by an army of lobbyists to manipulate Congress into weakening the power of the Drug Enforcement Agency and worsening the opioid crisis they profess to be so concerned about. 

MARIJUANA

  • The term “opiate agonist” is one that not a lot of people are familiar with. However, for those who have experienced opiate addiction in the past, or who have watched friends and loved ones struggle with that condition, opiate agonists can be the cure for what ails many addicts. There is overwhelming evidence that PTSD and cannabis go hand-in-hand. But while most studies point out the prevalence of marijuana abuse among PTSD patients, a minority of emerging research is looking at the question in reverse: could cannabis be effectively used in treating PTSD? 


  • Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use. These landmark changes in policy have markedly changed cannabis use patterns and perceived levels of risk. 


  • Based on a recent nationwide survey, 22.2 million Americans (12 years of age and older) reported using marijuana recreationally with no reported deaths from overdosing. 


  • Throughout its prohibition, cannabis has been considered a self-medicated “coping” drug, especially in individuals with anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Government funded studies examining the link between cannabis and PTSD The cannabis plant has been used for decades to manage pain and there are increasingly sophisticated marijuana products available across 29 U.S. states, as well as in the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal.