CDC Recommends Doctors Stop Testing Patients for Cannabis
Doctors with patients on painkillers in America oftentimes face a difficult conundrum when their patients test positive for THC: should they keep them on their medicine or cut them off? Sadly, that positive test for marijuana frequently results with doctors cutting off prescriptions for opiates and other prescription drugs to patients as those doctors don’t want to lose their licenses.
That consequence presents an inherent problem as many individuals prescribed opiates that also supplement that treatment with medical marijuana will face withdrawal if denied their medicine. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just took a major step to try to remedy this problem.
On March 18th, the nation’s major national health institution group clearly called upon doctors to cease testing pain patients for marijuana and relax this protocol:
“Clinicians should not test for substances for which results would not affect patient management or for which implications for patient management are unclear.”
“For example, experts noted that there might be uncertainty about the clinical implications of a positive urine drug test for tetrahydrocannabinols (THC),” the statement added. [RT]
The CDC’s main responsibility is to protect public health. So by making sure doctors don’t base their prescriptions on cannabis use, the health group believes less patients will face “adverse consequences” like withdrawal.
Should doctors adhere to these words of wisdom, there would likely be less overdoses and less dependence on black market opiates which would clearly benefit society.
Additionally, America remains indebted in a billion dollar opioid battle as the nations physicians prescribe nearly a bottle per adult (259 million bottles per year) every year.
Cannabis remains a viable and potentially revolutionary treatment to solve this epidemic. With the nation’s doctors hopefully no longer steering patients away for THC, perhaps more physicians will start actually recommending medicinal marijuana and CBD-treatment to the nation’s pain patients.
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