A while back we asked about marijuana's use to help with addiction to opiates. Below is important information you should be aware of. Also, OPN is working towards getting Opioid Use Disorder (opioid addiction) to be added to the list of qualifying conditions and OPN is requesting your help. Please see the very last paragraph in this website article.
An extremely common complaint Ohio Patients Network (OPN) hears from Pain Clinic Patients is being removed or threatened due to a drug test detecting marijuana. Physicians may think they are violating the Medical Board Standards of Care set by the Medical Board Reference State Medical Board Chapter 4731-29 Pain Management Clinics if they allow/ignore the use of a schedule I substance such as marijuana.
But an important note is that Ohio law does not consider “Medical Marijuana” to be Schedule I. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program considers Medical Marijuana as Schedule II. As such OPN strongly advises Pain Clinic Patients to have a Medical Marijuana Recommendation.
After much discussion and persuasion, the Ohio Medical Board has finally published this fact in a newsletter to all physicians in Ohio. Below is an excerpt from the Board's latest newsletter sent to all doctors; regarding Medical Marijuana and patients with these pain contracts.
Source The Medical Board of Ohio November Newsletter to Ohio Doctors
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2018 4:08:47 PM
Subject: Medical Board November 2018 eNews
Will this affect chronic pain management contracts?
It is up to the discretion of the physician if they will modify their patients’ pain contracts to allow for use of medical marijuana. If a patient is part of the program, the medical marijuana is considered Schedule II per Ohio’s law, House Bill 523. If a patient is NOT registered with the program and has NOT received a recommendation from an Ohio-certified physician any marijuana indicated on a drug screen could be illicit use.
Essentially it is up to the doctor, but speaking frankly; using marijuana means using less opioids and thus less overdoses. So again, OPN strongly recommends all patients addicted to opiates (typically for some pain conditions) to obtain a Medical Marijuana Recommendation. Then they should press their doctor to have their Pain Contracts revised to eliminate the marijuana testing section.
Here is how you can help
First, OPN has developed an anonymous survey we ask you to take the survey, the link is listed below. We will use the results as part of the petition to the Ohio Medical Board. Secondly if you are seeing a doctor that agrees with your use of marijuana in your struggle with opiate addiction please have them send OPN a letter stating their support for adding Opioid Use Disorder/Opiate Addiction to Ohio Patient Network for submission to the Ohio Medical Board decision to add this as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana here in Ohio.
Ohio Patients Network
PO BOX 42042