Working towards medical cannabis acceptance as an alternative to opioids

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Patients who have a prescription for opioids to manage pain may be eligible to switch to medical cannabis. The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering patients that choice in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. But Rock Island County health officials say they haven’t seen patients seek that alternative.

“We have had no applications yet for the opioid alternative program,” said Janet Hill, chief operating officer Rock Island County’s health department.

She said her department is working to get the word out to patients and physicians, and has sent educational material to physicians in  the UnityPoint and Genesis healthcare systems.

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