by Karl Voigt This week, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf launched opioid prescribing guidelines for workers' compensation claimants, citing the opioid epidemic as its impeller. The Governor stated that Pennsylvania ranks third highest in the nation in the percentage of injured workers who become long-term opioid users. To counter that trend, these guidelines, which are not intended … Continue reading Governor Wolf Introduces Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Workers’ Compensation Patients
by Karl Voigt In short, BU08028 is a new research drug that provides the pain relief of opiates, without their addictive effects. Trials of the drug have been conducted on rhesus monkeys with success that — it is hoped — will translate to humans. The trials, conducted at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, demonstrated … Continue reading What is BU08028 and What Does it Mean to Chronic Pain Sufferers?
Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act allows patients who are afflicted with one of 17 serious medical conditions to be certified to use medical marijuana. Included as a separate and distinct medical condition in the enumerated 17 serious medical conditions is “severe chronic or intractable pain.” Severe pain is also a symptom which is common in many … Continue reading Medical Marijuana, a viable alternative to opioid painkillers.