How one doctor's murder conviction should change doctors' attitude about medical marijuana use

Did you know that every day, here in the good ole US of A, 44 of our fellow citizens die from legal prescription medication overdoses and many more become addicted to them? Did you know that Americans account for 5% of the world's population but we use 80% of the opioids being sold today? Did you know that number represents a quadrupling of painkiller sales and usage since 1999, even though there is no increase in the reported amount of pain amongst Americans?

Pretty, pretty big Pharma poison pills

Pretty, pretty big Pharma poison pills

And yet, when people in pain realize how dangerous these drugs are, know they are harming their health, go to their doctors and ask for an alternative...medical cannabis...doctors go cray cray, screaming and yelling, like the patient has asked for heroin. Does this make any sense at all to anybody besides the medical profession?????? I've heard of more than one doctor who dropped a patient who asked for medical cannabis from his practice. I think this is illegal and highly unethical, don'tcha think?

So, when I saw that an LA doctor, Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, had been charged and convicted of 2nd degree murder due to overprescribing pain medications that killed 3 of her young patients; all men in their 20s, I quietly celebrated. Was that wrong? She wrote 27,000 prescriptions in the past 3 years, 25 a day. She received a sentence of 30 years to life behind bars. I am sorry this doctor doesn't get to see her children grow up, but she placed financial gain before the health of her patients and she took them away from their families, forever.

As you can well imagine, doctors across the US "are running scared," as they should be. But, instead of changing their prescribing habits as they should, many primary care physicians are "throwing out the baby with the bath water" by refusing to prescribe any pain medication at all to their patients. So, they won't prescribe pain medications nor will they recommend medical cannabis, the safest medicine in the world for pain relief. It's baffling. SMDH. Cannabis is not scary, it's fascinating, docs. Read up on the Endocannabinoid System. There, I even provided a link to a post I wrote about it in a very simplistic form. Harry J. Anslinger, look what you have done!

Here's my favorite excuse of Dr. Tseng's:

"I terribly regret that even after learning of the overdoses, I did not investigate my prescribing practices to see if they played a role,” she said, adding that she doesn’t believe she was ever properly trained in addiction medicine or pain management."

Welp, then why the hell were you allowed to prescribe them to patients???

Of course, now that she got caught, she's contrite, blaming everyone else for her misdeeds. It seems to me that a doctor who had no problem writing a man’s name on prescriptions so his wife could get twice as many pills, openly referred to her patients as “druggies” and sometimes made up medical records deserves exactly what she got.

So, listen up docs. The "big Pharma gravy train" is screeching to a halt. People don't want their poison, anymore. Do the right thing and start recommending cannabis use so that your patients can get the safe medicine they need. Remember the hippocratic oath Do No Harm? Recommending cannabis is the way to honor that oath.

Source: Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2016

As always, I love to read your thoughts and comments about each post. Do you think this doctor deserved such a stiff sentence? Have you considered trying medical cannabis?

I've written a series of posts about medical marijuana. If you want to read more you can click on the "Medical Marijuana" tag at the top of my page.

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