A na­tion in pain: Can medic­i­nal cannabis help?

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - SUVI MAHONEN

An es­ti­mated 29 per cent of Aus­tralians suf­fer from chronic pain. Of­ten suf­fer­ers are pre­scribed opi­oids, yet opi­oids have been the leading cause of all drug-in­duced deaths in Aus­tralia for the past 17 years. In­creas­ingly, ev­i­dence sup­ports the use of med­i­cal mar­i­juana for pain suf­fer­ers, yet the law in Aus­tralia has done lit­tle to sup­port it. Or­wellian laws, dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments be­tween states, and moun­tains of pa­per­work have all stood be­tween doc­tors, suf­fer­ers and their re­lief.

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