| Posted on Wed, July, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
When marijuana became legal for medical reasons, it would make sense that people assumed that they would still be able to continue receiving other prescriptions that did seem to help. Doctors have the sole purpose of being around to help the patients in their care, not make them miserable and make them choose between medicines. If there doesn't seem to be a dangerous side effect, then the patient should have access to what works. Not what doctors like to prescribe.
I recently read an article about a man named Christopher*, a man in his 50s. This man is married, does volunteer work in the community, and runs his own business. None of these things are really expected of stoners it seems but Christopher seems to be managing pretty well... With the exception of his terrible migraines and the insomnia that has plagued him since he was a kid. These two issues combined make for a miserable lifestyle that has included taking Norco, a hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination that is far stronger than Excedrin or Tylenol with codeine. Christopher gets 15 pills per refill, which ends up giving him about seven doses of medicine. In addition to the pain killers for the migraines, Christopher has also been recommended a prescription for medical marijuana from a naturopath.
Christopher gets both medicines in the correct way, through the channels that are dictated by the law. However, the doctor that prescribes the Norco made Christopher sign an agreement, saying that if he tested positive for THC, he would lose his prescription. At the time, marijuana wasn't even a thought in Christopher's mind so he signed the paper. About six months later, a friend recommended that Christopher replace his no longer working Ambien prescription. Christopher gave it a shot, in hopes that the plant would help him sleep. It did. So Christopher continued to smoke in order to help him get to sleep at night.
But earlier this year, Christopher's Norco prescriber asked that he submit to a urine test. Christopher immediately stopped smoking and continued with his plans, leaving for 2.5 weeks before the test in hopes that the cannabis would have left the system. However, when he returned and purchased an at home test, it came back positive for THC. For the next two month, Christopher survived off of stocked up pills and took more of the at home drug tests. Every time he took one, he failed. But because of a lack of supply in the prescription drugs, he had to go back for the test. Instead of the cannabis, Christopher had been taking shots of rum before bed in order to knock himself out but it definitely wasn't working, especially when compared to the marijuana.
Christopher went back to the doctor about getting a refill and even though he hadn't ingested any marijuana in two months, he still failed the test and the doctor refused to refill the prescription. In his absolute frustration, Christopher went back to using the cannabis to help him sleep. "I gave up on trying to meet what seems to be an impossibly high standard," Christopher said. He recently submitted another urine sample, with urine that didn't belong to him. The results are still being anticipated. In the meantime, Christopher has had to resort to prescription sharing, something that is definitely illegal. In order to make himself feel better, he has to take pills from friends and family, again resorting to illegal activity since doctors can't seem to help people the way that they're supposed to.
Patients everywhere need to be aware of this treatment. Just because someone is recommended medical marijuana doesn't mean that they should be denied other prescriptions. Issues like this need to be addressed immediately. Otherwise, other patients will experience the same mistreatment that Christopher is dealing with. "This is just not a choice that people should have to be making," Christopher said.