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Infant Opiate Addiction: Preventable with CannabisDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Queen Victoria of England Says So!
(MOLALLA, OR) - The Oregonian May 1 2012 featured an article Addicted Babies Rise threefold in a Decade, with the emphasis on opiate painkillers for pregnant mothers and the extremely serious withdrawal effects on the newborn infants which end up costing up to $50,000 per infant for a total of $720 million dollars per year. Must I emphasize, this is really serious, not only for these costs which, in general, we taxpayers are paying, 78% through Medicaid.
There is an epidemic of over prescribing of opiates like Oxycodone, morphine and Vicodin. To anybody and everybody, obviously including pregnant mothers. This problem is especially prominent in Maine, Florida, West Virginia, and the Midwest but it must be everywhere!
This opiate pandemic is especially surprising because there is another type of medication which is most likely equal to the painkiller effects of oxycodone, Vicodin and morphine, without the severe addiction liability and this severe hazard to the newborn!
Current computer-borne information is replete with the information that cannabis/marijuana is about equal to the effects of these opiates without the extreme hazard of addiction to the mothers and the equally extreme hazard to the newborn.
I pointed out that "Queen Victoria of England says so".
She was one of the first westerners to be prescribed the newly introduced cannabis/marijuana to England. She used it in preference to opium, cocaine, chloroform, and alcohol for PMS, (per-menstrual cramps), nausea of pregnancy, and obstetrical analgesia. With ease of labor and delivery by promoting relaxation of the birth canal.
This information about cannabis/marijuana has been suppressed by U.S. government agencies and the 'Reefer Madness' attitude so it is not surprising that many physicians regard this natural herb with extreme suspicion that it is dangerous, addictant and very awful. It is only mildly addicting and about as harmful as a Starbucks late.
Only 15 states allow the legal use of marijuana and even in those states, most physicians are fearful of harmful effects.
Dr. Melanie Dreher, presently Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa, has been studying the effects of long-term daily use of marijuana in Jamaica for 30 years. (Search for her video)
She has found no or minimal harm to mothers who use marijuana routinely or to their babies.
The U.S. government has sponsored and paid for any kind of research looking for HARM my marijuana. Any is much less than that of alcohol, tobacco and almost any kind of prescription medication.
On my own television show, 'Ask Dr. Leveque' or 'Cannabis Common Sense', I was asked many times about harm of cannabis to the fetus. Very many new mothers phoned in that they had used marijuana for nausea of morning sickness with no bad effects on the infants.
For more background visit: Premenstrual Syndrome, Medical Marijuana and Queen Victoria (Pay close attention to the comments posted below this story, published Oct. 16 2009)
LET'S HOPE THESE DOCTORS GET EDUCATED ABOUT CANNABIS INSTEAD OF OPIATES!!
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