While lawmakers saw it as a solution to the state’s opioid crisis, health experts in Steamboat said there is not enough evidence to say marijuana is an effective, or safe, replacement.
There was a flurry of activity in Washington last week. The White House held its long anticipated Opioid Summit. Participants discussed actions already taken by the Administration. While statements were made that anyone who needs treatment should be able to access it, the tone of the event was focused on a tougher law enforcement approach. The President mentioned that perhaps drug dealers in the US should be executed.
Before Joe Thompson switched treatments for his opioid addiction, he was a devoted stay-at-home father, caring for his infant son after his wife returned to work. His recovery was aided by the anticraving medication buprenorphine. But after over two years free of heroin, Mr. Thompson, a former United Parcel Service worker from Iowa, relapsed and decided to try another kind of treatment program.
Nancy Beste knows about pain, and she is hoping that knowledge will be welcomed by those in Steamboat Springs who are dealing with it.
Early next month, Mountain Medical Injury & Pain Professionals will open a clinic at 320 Oak St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. Beste, a physicians assistant, serves as executive director of Mountain Medical, which started in 2009 on the Front Range.