January / December #11 : S.O.S. - by Sean Strub

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents

Network News

1995 POZ Honors

1995 POZ Honors: It's An Ad World

1995 POZ Honors: Role Models

1995 POZ Honors: Pope Innocent He's Not

1995 POZ Honors: Arts

1995 POZ Honors: Foreign Affairs

1995 POZ Honors: Hollywood

1995 POZ Honors: Law

1995 POZ Honors: Media

1995 POZ Honors: Movies

1995 POZ Honors: Politics

1995 POZ Honors: Research

1995 POZ Honors: Eating Your Young

Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie and HIV

Hollywood Shuffles AIDS

The Newest AIDS Treatment Is Not a Drug

Banned in the U.S.A.

Mind Over Health Matters

Party Planner

Industrial Strength

Prosper, and Live Long

Worse Things He Could Do

Get Bothered

Health Insured?

See Span

S.O.S.

Health Insured

Mind Over Health Matters

Rhymes and Reason, Too

Industrial Strength

Party Planner

Banned in the U.S.A

Hollywood Shuffles AIDS

X-ray Visions

A Little Personal Attention

Symptoms? Persist!

See Span

Butter's Not All Bad

Pas de Deux

C'mon and Celebrate



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


email print

January / December 1996

S.O.S.

by Sean Strub

It's faster than a speeding bullet, can leap entire members of Congress in a single bound, more effective than conferences, summits and clever sound bites—it's Presidential leadership! And here is a good test of it, gleaned from a letter to the editor in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

In 1988, then-administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Richard Bonner said this: "Those who insist that marijuana has medical uses would serve society by promoting and sponsoring more legitimate scientific research, rather than throwing their time, money and rhetoric into lobbying, public-relations campaigns and perennial litigation."

Highly respected AIDS researcher Donald Abrams, M.D., took this message to heart. He developed a study comparing inhaled marijuana to the prescription drug Marinol (dronabinol), a synthetic form of marijuana's active ingredient, THC. Abram's study was designed in conjunction with and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the University of California, San Francisco, the California Research Advisory Panel and the scientific advisory committee of the San Francisco Community Consortium.

Abram's study would have finally determined the relative safety of the illegal, inhaled marijuana (does it exacerbate respiratory problem in people with AIDS?) versus the legal (when prescribed) Marinol. It would also have settled which drug, if either, was more effective. Both have AIDS advocates who swear by them to combat wasting syndrome, to relieve pain (including migraines) and to ease nausea.

Abrams found a licensed supplier of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana, Hortapharm, in the Netherlands, and sought to import enough for his study. But the DEA wouldn't allow it. A murderously slow nine months after receipt of Abram's letter, Director Alan Leshner of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), whose permission was also required, also rejected the request.

Meanwhile, the California legislature passed a bill a few months ago to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes. Governor Pete Wilson, perhaps bitter after his recent Presidential flop, vetoed it. And people with AIDS continue to waste away.

President Clinton, we know you didn't inhale, but some of us need to. To survive. You could, with one brief memo, order the DEA and NIDA to approve Abram's request. We're waiting.

Search: President Clinton, Donald Abrams, marijuana, Marinol, DEA


Scroll down to comment on this story.





Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Show comments (0 total)

 
[Go to top]

Join POZ Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    adoniz89
    san dimas
    California


    Loveladyd
    Washington
    DC


    cortaza100
    Oakland
    California


    josebos
    Boston strong
    Massachusetts
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Survey
Pop Watch

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.