On June 5, Governor Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency in response to the growing number of deaths from opioid overdoses in Arizona.
In response to Arizona’s opioid problem, a new Scottsdale rehab center is using marijuana to treat people who are addicted to painkillers, ABC 15 reports.
Blue Door Therapeutics is said to be the first and only medical clinic in the world to combine herbal treatments (marijuana) with traditional treatments to detox patients from painkillers. Blue Door uses marijuana pills and transdermal patches to alleviate nausea and other opioid withdrawal symptoms as well as marijuana derivatives, such as cannabidiol (CBD), to help treat addicts’ underlying issues like anxiety.
Blue Door does not encourage patients to smoke marijuana because they can’t accurately monitor the dosage, and the patients would have to qualify for a medical marijuana card (currently, opiate addiction is not a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Arizona). Instead, Blue Door uses specifically-dosed pills and transdermals.
The rehab center also offers a traditional outpatient rehab treatment option.