Utah Lt. Gov. Cox talks opioid overdose prevention, medical marijuana in U. panel discussion

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  • RoyNative Roy, UT
    April 5, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    Lt. Governor Cox, and Governor Herbert, need to express exactly what it is in the initiative that would lead to recreational marijuana. I've read the initiative a few times, and cannot find any language that would lead to recreational use. Do not just tell us what will happen if you have no detailed basis to share.

    Included in the initiative is a list of qualifying illness. One of which is a doctor's determination that a patient is at risk for opioid addiction. A doctor's determination.

    As to the LDS comments, 63% of very active (card carrying) LDS are in favor of medical use of cannabis. I've had discussions with hundreds of LDS people wanting to legalize medical cannabis.

    Gov. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Cox are playing to what they believe is their political base. Other than lobbyists, they are not listening to the constituents, but to the money.

    Read the initiative for yourselves before you decide to swallow the truth according politicians.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2018 11:23 p.m.

    So 10 to 15% of opiate users will become addicted? And the other 85% can just suffer with needless pain? I wish the politicians would stay out of my doctors office. Bureaucratic legislators have no business saying what LEGAL medications doctors dispense. They have not graduated from medical school. Marijuana has not been vetted through the FDA , as opiates have. But, that bandwagon is the popular one to jump on, despite marijuana being against federal law.

  • Tracy A. Provp, UT
    April 4, 2018 5:29 p.m.

    Kratom. I don’t know medical marijuana’s effectiveness in being a substitute here.. maybe it is because it is good to treat the pain? Kratom (a leaf from trees in Indonesia) does this job effectively and with easy transitioning because it binds to the opiate-receptor sites and withdrawal goes smoothly. I hope those in a position to make a difference check into this option also, to help many.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2018 3:48 p.m.

    "You shouldn't be a knee surgery away from (being) homeless" thanks to addiction, Cox lamented in an interview.

    With average cost of total knee replacement about $50,000.00, and HSA "out of pocket" costs as much as $7,000.00 you don't have to become addicted to become homeless. The medical bill will take care of that!

  • SenseMaker , AZ
    April 4, 2018 3:05 p.m.

    Same old, same old. This ER story makes me laugh. In the thousands of years since Cannabis has used by humanity, where are the records of fatalities?

    And I'm not speaking of fatalities from Cannibas AND some other substance. And I am not speaking of street Cannabis which are frequently laced with drugs. To take it easy on you, how many documented fatalities from state regulated Cannabis since 1996?

    Now don't make me pull the stats for alcohol, tobacco, prescription and FDA-approved drug fatalities. State regulated /inspected Cannabis is safer than baby aspirin and safe for infants, pregnant mothers, toddlers, adolescents and the elderly.

    There is more research on Cannabis than on the top 10 FDA-approved drugs, with their laundry list of side affects. Obviously, anyone using Cannabis for medicinal purposes should consult with a knowledgeable naturopathic or allopathic physician.

    Why? Because there are different strands and botanical compositions that directly correspond to the Cannabinoid receptors in the body and the target ailment or condition. Don't believe the hype from spineless politicians or the industries that view Cannabis/Hemp as a threat.

    Prayers and blessings.

  • Ga Bulldog Vernal, UT
    April 4, 2018 8:32 a.m.

    Be careful on the marijuana we are continuing to see an increase in marijuana related problems in ERs around the country. Marijuana is a drug and people will be people.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    April 4, 2018 8:18 a.m.


    "Only about 10-15% of people that use a script pain medication will become addicted. "

    You make it sound like 10-15% of people will become addicted is not a big thing. If you consider all of the people in the country that amounts to 30-45 million people. That's a significant number of people.

    No one has been recorded as overdosing on weed, either through medical or recreational use.

    Each year our elected representatives make the same claim. "They" need to do more research, when many countries and states already have data. So far I haven't heard of Utah doing any research on weed.

    Could that be because a majority of them are Mormons, whose religion is against the use?

    That is where the research should begin.

    There are already tens of thousands of people in Utah that use weed for medical or recreational purposes.
    according to a new Gallup poll.

    The poll showed that one in eight adults, or 13%, say they currently smoke pot, that's up from 7% in 2013.

    It also showed that 43% of adults say they have tried the drug, an increase from 38% just three years ago.

    The poll results were based on telephone interviews with about 1,000 randomly chosen adults.

  • Jeremiah Flanksteak Sandy, UT
    April 4, 2018 7:31 a.m.

    Legalize Cannabis and you’ll see less opioid deaths. People are going to ‘get high’...trying to ‘eliminate sin’ isn’t an option.

  • What To Do Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2018 6:33 a.m.

    I appreciate the article and think that it is timely. However, I think that it is short on substance. This seams like we are more supportive of fixing the problem once it starts or saving someone who has gone down that road. I was disappointed to there was not more information on ideas to stop the addiction before it begins vs. Providing a secondary drug to save their lives once it has taken them by addition.

    We have problems not just with those receiving the prescription but with kids and teenagers stealing these pain killers from parents and grandparents and selling or using them. I would like to know more about how we can stop this action. Ideas like where parents and grandparents can turn in the excess drugs, how to safely discard the drugs and other ideas would be helpful to have been added to this article.

    I am glad to hear that the Governor and Lt. Governor both reject recreational of pot. I do feel that if medical marijuana is helpful then we should do what we can to make it a prescription drug that can provide relief to those that are suffering. But we should consider what is happening with pain killers and avoid the same thing from happen with medical marijuana.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2018 5:26 a.m.

    This is a great article, and kudos to Lt. Gov. Cox for spearheading the discussion about finding answers to the opioid epidemic that currently plagues us. I just fervently hope that our Legislature doesn't take a meat-ax to the problem by banning opioids altogether, and I very much fear that they will do that. The last thing we want is the elimination of the most effective painkiller we have unless there is already in place an equivalent (and hopefully less addictive) substitute.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2018 9:10 p.m.

    Only about 10-15% of people that use a script pain medication will become addicted. One of the keys to solving the opioid addiction problem is to be able to identify children, teens, and adults who have a more addictive personality. They are the ones at the highest risk of becoming addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, and other things. Most people can use painkillers short term and be ok. Many people could have them in their home and not abuse them. Others would only have to see one to want to take them. We need better assessment tools of who is at risk of becoming addicted and focus efforts on them.

    We have to be careful to not punish those that live with severe pain because of the 10-15% abusing painkillers. More research needs to be done into effective, non-addicting pain medications.

    We need t0 address the culture we have in the U.S. of people wanting a quick fix or pill for whatever pain of any kind they are experiencing including emotional pain. We have to teach kids, teens, and adults how to sit with and work through difficult and distressing emotions without a drink, a high, a fix, or a pill. This is one of the most serious problems adding to the opioid addiction problem.