Aug 22, 2013

pharmacy-houston-kills-little-girl-morphine-sulphate-overdose-sickle-cell-anemia-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-information-cannabisThis is an unbelievably sad story. A little girl in Houston, Texas suffered from sickle-cell anemia, which is quite painful and often requires lifelong doses of narcotics to control it.

When Cullen Care Pharmacy filled the prescription, they mistakenly filled it for 150mg of Morphine sulfate in each dose (10 times the doctor’s intended strength), instead of the 15mg written by the doctor. The girl had been taking morphine since she was just a year old to control the painful episodes from the condition.

The saddest part about this whole situation is the fact that if that little girl lived here in Colorado (or in any of the other states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal use), she would have been able to keep the morphine use to a minimum – or may not have needed it altogether – simply by using cannabis oil tinctures every day.  As 420 Magazine reports:

The primary treatment of Sickle Cell “crises” is rehydration and pain control. Pain can be of excruciating severity and may require both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and major narcotics of the opiate class.

Cannabis does not cure Sickle Cell but is a highly effective agent in managing pain. Patients utilizing medical cannabis can expect better pain relief with lower doses of major narcotics. Cannabis also acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory without NSAID side effects. Cannabis acts both centrally in the brain and directly in the periphery. Further, cannabis provides neuroprotective effects that may reduce the incidence of retinopathy and neuropathy.

This death was unnecessary for two important reasons: One, of course, being the fact that the pharmacy technician and pharmacist made such a drastic error in the dosage ;  However, the other problem is not a medical one, but rather, a political one. Someone once told me that it didn’t matter how much cannabis works for pain and keeps people like this little girl from having to take strong opioid painkillers on a regular basis ; Marijuana will never be legal in Texas simply because the pharmaceutical companies and health care organizations (like cancer centers) would not be able to stand the amount of business that they would lose as a result. Prescriptions for Zofran and Percocet would immediately plummet, as those with chemo-induced nausea and vomiting and chronic pain would no longer need nearly as much of these medications (if any at all, in some cases).

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this yet-another victim of Big Pharma.