“Patients with chronic pain should not have to emigrate to access medicinal cannabis” – advocacy group calls for reforms

Some people suffering from chronic pain are migrating to access medicinal cannabis because the system is so restrictive here, it has been claimed.

The advocacy group Patients for Safe Access (PFSA) demonstrated outside the Department of Health yesterday demanding changes to the medical cannabis access program that was introduced three years ago.

It is limited to three conditions and must be prescribed by a specialist after determining that the patient has not responded to standard treatments.

PFSA director Martin O’Brien said the program is very limited and people in need are suffering real suffering, which in some cases is forcing them to emigrate. “Despite the evidence showing the benefits of cannabis in treating the chronic pain that so many people suffer from, the government has slammed the door,” he said.

He added that this means patients need to explore multiple medical options before they can take advantage of the program and there is a need to open it up to anyone with a condition that can be treated with medicinal cannabis, he added .

Among those who have had to leave Ireland is Alicia Maher, a PhD student at the University of Limerick who moved to Spain in 2019 to legally access medical cannabis to manage her chronic pain.

She said she had several medical conditions over many years that led to major surgeries. This led to her taking 30 pills a day for many years.

When she started using medicinal cannabis in 2018, she experienced “immediate pain relief.”

However, because access to treatment here was so difficult, she had to move to Alicante in Spain.

She said: “Nobody should have to struggle to get the medication they need, but for many Irish people in need of medicinal cannabis that is the reality.

“And for more than a few people, that means traveling back and forth between countries and taking sick relatives on trips they don’t need to do.

“In my case, I had to leave my family just to make ends meet. That must have an end.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/patients-suffering-chronic-pain-should-not-have-to-emigrate-to-get-access-to-medical-cannabis-advocacy-group-urges-reform-41933033.html “Patients with chronic pain should not have to emigrate to access medicinal cannabis” – advocacy group calls for reforms

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