WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE: MEDICAL CANNABIS COMPANY LAUNCHES PAIN PROTOCOL

MINNEAPOLIS — Seeking an alternative to opioid drugs, Vireo Health has released a draft protocol outlining the replacement of oxycodone, morphine and others with medical cannabis for pain treatment.

The protocol, called FREDOM — Flexible Reduction and Expedited Discontinuation of Opioid Medications — is being developed as a potential alternative for doctors treating patients with chronic pain.

“As an emergency medicine physician, I saw firsthand that opioids are overused, frequently abused and too often the result of fatal overdoses,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, Vireo CEO. “We view this protocol and the data that will follow as a first step in combating this public health crisis.”

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