Sunday, August 25, 2013

Three out of four doctors would prescribe marijuana, survey finds

source: Business Journal (Puget Sound)

Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal

 Three quarters of the world's doctors would prescribe marijuana under certain circumstances, according to a new survey by The New England Journal of Medicine.

The journal presented 1,446 physicians in 72 countries with the case study of Marilyn, a 68-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer. Opposing expert viewpoints were presented to the doctors, including one that argued marijuana should be used only when other options fail, and another saying there was “little scientific basis” to endorse marijuana for therapy.
In the case of Marilyn, the cancer had spread to her lungs and thoracic and lumbar spine. She was undergoing chemotherapy and had substantial pain and nausea that other drugs (including opiates) hadn’t relieved.

Among the doctors surveyed worldwide, 76 percent said they would prescribe marijuana. The same percentage also applied for North America. But support for medical marijuana varied significantly by region, from 1 percent of the Utah doctors surveyed, to 96 percent of their counterparts in Pennsylvania.

The journal’s overall conclusion was that physicians want more research to move the discussion forward with solid evidence. Of the 1,446 doctors surveyed, more than 1,000 were from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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