The Alliance For Natural Health

Opioid Crisis?

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Or a drug company profiteering crisis? Action Alert!

Last week, President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued a preliminary report recommending several steps to address opioid addiction. The situation is truly a crisis – 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose, a toll equal to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks taking place every three weeks.

The report convinced President Trump to declare a national emergency, allowing the administration to waive some federal rules, such as one that restricts where Medicaid recipients can receive addiction treatment. The Commission called for increased education for medical professionals who can prescribe opioids, expanded access to drug treatment for those on Medicaid, and the increased use of medication-assisted treatments.

Any strategy to address a public health scourge such as this must be wide-ranging, but what is barely mentioned in the report is the need for safe, cost-effective, non-addictive alternatives to opioids to be made more accessible for those in chronic pain who need them. Ironically, the government has actually threatened to curtail consumer access to one such alternative.

That alternative is cannabidiol oil, or CBD. As we’ve reported before, CBD oil is an extract of the hemp and marijuana plants that does not have any psychoactive properties but has been shown to have beneficial effects on pain, inflammation, seizures, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently classified CBD oil as a Schedule I controlled substance, a category that includes heroin, mescaline, and MDMA. Since this ruling, there have been reports that PayPal and other credit card processors are no longer taking payments for CBD oil.

Importantly, CBD oil is safe and non-addictive, which cannot be said for other approved pain relievers. Aspirin can cause internal bleeding; the now-banned Vioxx caused heart disease; fentanyl, which is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, can kill you, and opioids, as we know, can lead to addiction and death.

In a sane health system, cheap, safe, non-addictive, natural alternatives to dangerous FDA-approved drugs would be welcomed with open arms. The DEA, however, says that CBD oil is in the same class as heroin and the FDA says that CBD oil isn’t a supplement, meaning that the axe could drop on CBD oil products whenever the FDA feels like it.

Even as America experiences a 9/11 sized death toll every three weeks, the government doesn’t just ignore a safe and natural alternative—it sets the stage to hand this treatment over to a drug company to form a monopoly and deny consumers easy access.

Action Alert! If you haven’t already, click below to send a message to your senators and representative in Congress to support bills that help maintain consumer access to CBD oil, with a copy to President Trump to include CBD oil as part of his response to the opioid crisis. Please send your message immediately.

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  • Shane

    Why not just set a date when it will be illegal for doctor’s to prescribe opiods? Certainly, there are other alternatives that will not end up with people becoming addicted to this drug.

    • Blair Berry

      As we discuss alternatives we need to make sure that opioids are still legal for those who need them. For some with severe chronic pain issues, they are a miracle drugs. These patients are not addicts in the street looking for a high, but they are dependent to get up and go to work or have some quality of life. And they wish you didn’t have to take them. We need to find a way to get these patients a special category of help

      • Courtney CoCoa

        You are absolutely correct in your statement… I would not be able to get out of bed without my pain meds… I am so frighten of what the government is going to do concerning my/our much needed pain meds… it is scary!!!

        • Blair Berry

          I’m so sorry for your pain issues. I work at a medical clinic in TN and we have patient’s who have terrible pain issues and would have no quality of life without opioids. One patient who is a paraplegic after being injured at work called them a ” miracle” in his life because it allows him to get around in his wheelchair and drive a car. Yes, it is scary as the publicity makes it seems that if you take opioids you are a drug-seeking, worthless addict no matter what the reason for taking them.. We are working on starting a group in Tennessee called “Citizens for Compassionate Care” to try share the stories of those with severe pain to raise awareness and get them back in the equation.

    • Bill Chaffee

      Would you be willing to undergo surgery with just a paralytic drug and no anesthetic? That used to be standard procedure for infants. Apparently the rational was that infants would not rember the pain because the hippocampus is undeveloped. The medical profession had no problem with people being in pain as long as they didn’t remember the pain.

  • Benchkey

    Shane: What alternatives are there?

    • Kathy Huffman

      Kratom! Research the many stories of people safely withdrawing from heroin, opiates,alcohol, and various other addicting drugs.Big Pharma does not want this to be legal, as they can’t make money of this natural plant! Kratom threatens the drug recovery business, thus false allegations have been attributed to this amazing leaf.

  • Bill Chaffee

    There was some research which involved combining very low doses of naltrexone with an opioid (such as Oxytrex). That involved combining a microgram of naltrexone with oxycodone. Such a low dose reduced physical dependence and tolerance without blocking the pain relieving properties the opioid. See ultra low dose naltrexone. Unfortunately the research seems to have stopped for lack of funding.

  • Judy

    I got some CBD oil to help me sleep, and it wasn’t helpful. I was assured that it was legal in 50 states, and it came thru the mail just fine. Are you sure it is helpful for pain?
    My other point is that marijuana can help people off of opioid addiction, and should be used as such.

    • gracer1

      What helps me sleep for decades now is a level tablespoon of preferably non-GMO soy lecithin powder or granules stirred and soaked several minutes in a few tablespoons of water and taken before bed.
      For a calm but alert day, mornings I take the same level tablespoon of lecithin powder or granules soaked in a few tablespoons of water but with a rounded teaspoon of bee pollen powder or bee pollen granules added to the lecithin/water and stirred and then soaked several minutes. The lecithin improves the bee pollen’s taste.
      Before lunch to get me through the afternoon I take a level eighth cup of Red Star or other brand of nutritional yeast with some water.