Some Chronic Pain Sufferers Turn To Medical Marijuana Instead of Opioids

North Ridgeville resident Adrian Frederick said he’s had horrible leg pain for years, caused by a surgery he had involving cancer. The pain is constant, and gets worse at night.

“I’m just willing to try anything at this point,” Frederick said. “I’m just sick of being in pain all the time.”

Frederick is one of many chronic pain sufferers, in Ohio, who have tried everything to get relief – including taking prescription pain pills. One of the ripple effects of the opioid crisis is that laws now limit the number of prescriptions allowed, and some doctors and patients are looking for alternatives.

Frederick wants to use medical marijuana, but the former factory worker said he doesn’t want to wait until it’s available in Ohio. He plans to go to Michigan where medical marijuana dispensaries are already open.

So he went to Omni Medical Services, a company in Beachwood. Omni is not part of Ohio’s official medical marijuana program. The private company charged Frederick $200 for the doctor to examine his medical records. They also provided him with a letter and medical card he can use in other states to buy cannabis while Ohio gets its medical marijuana program up and running.

Adrian Frederick will use this card to obtain medical marijuana in Michigan.

Medical marijuana is supposed to be operational in Ohio by September 8, but the state is still building the infrastructure such as marijuana grow sites and dispensaries.

When Ohio’s system is operational, the law will require patients to get a recommendation from a doctor, as well as a card obtained through the state’s website to participate in the program. Only people with certain conditions will qualify, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, AIDS, cancer and several others.

Even though patients like Frederick are eager to

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