04 Sep

Illinois Doctors Can Now Prescribe Medical Cannabis for Pain

Pain is the latest ailment for which the state of Illinois now allows patients to legally use medical cannabis. Barring the availability in legal, accessible, safe and affordable medical cannabis, patients with severe and chronic pain are often left to resort to taking opioids to provide relief. Even with a doctor’s prescription, opioid use can become highly addictive and dangerous, even deadly. Considering approximately 11,000 people died in the state since 2008 due to opioid overdoses and opioids are responsible for almost twice the deaths in 2016 in the state as traffic accidents, the prospect of much safer medical cannabis to provide adequate pain relief and stem the tide of opioid use, addiction and overdose appears a welcome one in Illinois.

Announced in late August of 2018, Illinois state Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the option for doctors to prescribe medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for treating severe or chronic pain. The law was made effective immediately thereafter. The sponsor of the bill Rauner signed into law was State Representative Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat representing Chicago. Cassidy touted the bill, SB 336, as a possibility for patients whose only other option would be addictive opioids, whether they wanted to take them or not. A pilot program has been initiated as part of the new law to institute safeguards against medical abuse and abuse of the state’s medical program. Upon the institution of this law, prescribing, purchasing, possessing and using medical cannabis in Illinois for pain is subject to the same laws as using medical cannabis for any other condition as per the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

An invaluable tool medical doctors are finding indispensable for optimizing their practice is DrGreenSoft, a combination of electronic medical records software and point of sale software in one. More than ordinary EMR and POS software, DrGreenSoft is custom tailored to the medical cannabis field and the needs of medical cannabis doctors.
This includes all the necessary state MMJ forms. DrGreenSoft is free for low volume practices serving fewer than 30 patients per months. For practices larger than 30 monthly patients, only a small fee is charged.

As the most recent addition to the growing list of debilitating conditions for which doctors are authorized to prescribe medical to patients in Illinois, pain joins conditions including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease agitations
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

The list includes over 30 conditions at the time of pain’s addition. The action practically ensures that an already booming new industry in the state is only bound to further grow. This augers an imminent growing need for medical doctors practicing in the state to help qualifying patients legally access medical cannabis, for pain or any other qualifying condition. Software like DrGreenSoft helps those doctors to easily and comfortably expand their practices to serve this growing need.

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