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Do I Need To Be On Opioids First To Get Medical Cannabis? | MCPA TV – Kris Jones, MS Dept of Health

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[00:00:00] Angie Calhoun: Do I have to be on opioids before I can get medical cannabis in Mississippi? That’s what we’ll discuss today on MCPA TV.

I have a patient question… and so, this is from Sheila, and she says, I’m trying to understand a particular area of qualifying to receive medical cannabis. I am not on opioids due to the fact that the drug makes me ill. I am reading comments that you must have opioids prescribed to you before you can qualify for a certification.

Is this factual? She’s just trying to understand, and any assistance or direction would be greatly appreciated. So, it is a big topic about, you know, potentially this could help people come off of opioids. But her question is, does she have to be on an opioid before she can try medical cannabis?

[00:01:00] Kris Jones: And, you know, there are some states Angie, that do have requirements like that. I’ve seen that myself. So, I’ve probably read some of the things, the same thing she has. That’s not a requirement that we have. A requirement that is there, is that people are checking, practitioners are checking the prescription monitoring program, so they can see what other medications a patient is on and then that way they can look for possible interactions, or they could also better educate their patients about how to use medical cannabis, maybe in conjunction with other medications. So yes, she probably has read that, but that’s not a requirement that we have in place.

[00:01:37] Angie Calhoun: Well, you know, and that’s just super great to hear because, you know, we, we want to make sure that patients can hopefully try the safest form of medication for them first. And so, thank you for clarifying…

[00:01:52] Kris Jones: Sure.

[00:01:53] Angie Calhoun: That question for me, Kris.

[00:01:54] Kris Jones: Sure.

[00:01:54] Angie Calhoun: Thanks for tuning in to MCPA TV. We’ll have another episode with Kris Jones from the Mississippi State Department of Health soon. So, be sure to tune in then. And thank you, our viewers, for tuning in and watching MCPA TV.

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