The Human Face of The Opioid Epidemic And How Cannabis Can Help

Those were the words of 43-year old Timothy Dillon, as he lay bleeding on the ground after being shot by police, following a five-hour long standoff where he threatened to shoot the officers, goading them to kill him “Let’s get this over with.” Instead of getting it over with and killing him, as Dillon had hoped in an attempted ‘suicide by cop,’ deputies administered first aid and saved his life, allowing him to “still hold [his] wife, hug [his] daughter and [his] son.”

Dillon suffers from severe chronic pain caused by injuries to his back and neck from being hit in two car crashes, in 2008 and 2010. While surgery can be beneficial for some, it did not help relieve Dillon’s pain. As a result, a doctor prescribed him highly-addictive opioid painkillers, such as Oxycodone, but soon even they could not help with Dillon’s intense...

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