The opioid epidemic is a tragedy that is costing Ohioans their lives.
As mental health providers, we have seen the devastation that opioids create for our community. Medical Marijuana may play a role in your pain management treatment plan.
We do not prescribe opioids.
We will never prescribe opioids.
Data from Cuyahoga County
We will not directly manage opioid dependence treatment. We do not prescribe suboxone, methadone, tramadol, etc. Instead, we coordinate with your pain management physician to help define treatment plan. In cases of substance use disorders, we utilize local substance use therapists to help maintain your goals1, 2, 3, 4.
Meet with our doctors to evaluate how medical marijuana may be an effective risk reduction strategy for your treatment.
1) Shi Y: Medical marijuana polices and hospitalizations related to marijuana and opioid pain reliever. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 173: 144-150, 2017
2) Powel D, Pacula RL, Jacobson M: Do Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Addictions and Deaths Related to Pain Killers? National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 21345, August 2015.
3) Fuster D, Sanvisense A, Bolao F, et al: Cannabis as a secondary drug is not associated with a greater risk of death in patients with opiate, cocaine, or alcohol dependence. J Addict Med 11: 34-39, 2017
4) Lucas P: Cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for opiates in the treatment of chronic pain. J Psychoactive Drugs 44:125-133, Apr-Jun 2012
5) Gilson TP: Heroin & Fentanyl Related Deaths in Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Revised Feb 6, 2017
Dr. Zaraa is a board-certified psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Professor Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and an Associate Professor at Baldwin Wallace University.