FALMOUTH, Maine, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's leading medical cannabis experts, Dr. Dustin Sulak, will on Tuesday May 10th, present a free to attend and view seminar that provides a solution to the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the country.
As part of the seminar he will release findings of a survey with over 1,000 responses from his own patients which support the findings of previously published research that shows medical cannabis can be an effective replacement for opioid drugs.
Those findings include:
- Of 569 patients who had used opioids for at least 3 months continuously, since starting cannabis, 38% stopped using opioids completely and 39% were able to reduce their dosage.
- 80% of patients combining cannabis with opioids reported improved function, 81% reported reduced pain, and 87% reported improved quality of life.
With lawmakers recognizing traditional methods of treating opioid addiction are inadequate, they are looking at alternative approaches. One is cannabis, due to the scientific evidence that it can be used to treat chronic pain, replace opioid medications, reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms, and increase success in opioid addiction treatment.
Last week Maine became the first state to formally consider allowing cannabis to be used as a treatment for opioid addiction. The first stage of this process involved a Department of Health and Human Service's public hearing. Dr. Sulak, who has seen hundreds of patients successfully use cannabis to replace opioid painkillers, presented a summary of scientific research on treating opioid addiction with cannabis.
He is now giving everyone the opportunity to learn how cannabis can help solve the opioid epidemic at this free-to-attend and watch livestream seminar titled - Medical Cannabis - A Solution To the Opioid Epidemic.
He will reveal how cannabis has helped many of his own patients with opioid dependence, present the latest findings from scientific studies on this subject, and treatment strategies for effectively using cannabis to reduce and replace opioid consumption. Much of this is based on proven medical protocols he has established.
For details please visit:http://www.Healer.com/live-event
"We clearly have a major public health issue and we don't currently have solution," says Dr. Sulak. "Cannabis alone isn't enough to completely solve this epidemic, but we need a treatment that can replace the opioids, improve their safety, and increase adherence to addiction treatment programs. It's essential everyone concerned with this problem learn about the potential solution that's right within reach, so we can make this life-saving treatment available for those dependent on opioids."
For further information please contact Pekka Paavonpera through email or at 207 899 0982 or 631 680 7585.
Dustin Sulak, D.O. is a renowned integrative medicine physician. His Integr8 Health practices, in Falmouth and Manchester, Maine, and Burlington, Massachusetts, are leaders in the emerging field of clinical cannabinoid medicine. He is also cofounder of Healer.com, a comprehensive medical cannabis online education tool for patients and medical providers.
SOURCE Dr. Dustin Sulak