One of the biggest public health crises facing America is substance-use disorders. Resulting in nearly 20,000 deaths a year - more deadly than gun violence - opioid use is one of the most troublesome.
The consequences are profound, impacting individuals and families no matter where they live, how much they earn, or how old they are. And the impact is broad, affecting social services, the health care system, communities, and the economy.
It is a crisis needing a solution and the independent pharmacies recommending full-spectrum hemp extract products are in a unique position to greatly impact the epidemic.
Operation Opioid Reduction is a resource dedicated to informing and supporting pharmacies with the goal to help patients explore how to manage and relieve pain with cannabinoids.
People in the U.S. will die TODAY due to opioid-related overdoses
Opioid Prescriptions will be filled today in the U.S.
Prescriptions were written in 2016 by health care providers across the U.S — a rate of 66.5 prescriptions per 100 people.
of all US opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid.
CBD for Opioid Reduction at the Maine Medical Center with 1,500 Opioid Users
Patients using opioids for chronic pain saw a reduction in:
Pharmacists are opioids’ gatekeepers and stand between the patient and pain relief. Pharmacists, according to Wilson M. Compton, MD, MPE, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health, are in an advantageous position to help reduce the availability of prescription opioids. Being involved in the “frontlines of co-prescribing” positions pharmacists to engage in a collaborative care approach with the prescribing physician and the patient.
Multiple national pharmacy organizations have advocated for the pharmacists' role in the opioid crisis. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) states, “Pharmacists have the unique knowledge, skills and responsibilities for assuming an important role in substance abuse prevention, education, and assistance. Pharmacists, as health care providers, should be actively involved in reducing the negative effects that substance abuse has on society, health systems and the pharmacy profession.”
By recommending Ananda Professional as an alternative to opioids, not only are you helping your patients receive the best care possible, each time you add a CBD product to an opioid you increase your profits... without the headaches of insurance. By simply focusing on adding CBD to pain protocol, you may have 300 patients on this regimen in one month. And, they will stay on it because it works on their pain, and you will significantly increase your profitability.
Consider how many opioid prescriptions you fill a day. For most pharmacies, it is 15 or more. Each patient on an opioid should have a cannabinoid (CBD) added to their opioid regimen. In fact, studies show that 80% of patients feel cannabinoids relieve their pain better than opioids (Reiman Study). And since CBD does not interact with opioids, you can easily add CBD to the pain treatment plan.
There are many resources to help pharmacists
engage with and educate patients and prescribers about prescription opioids.
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