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Here’s a testimonial from an Iowan with multiple sclerosis:
“With MS, the body’s energy is used up by the immune system. For 24 hours a day, the faulty system destroys the covering of nerves and then attempts to repair the damage. It is a constant progression, leaving the patient without any energy to use for physical activity.
Patients can be prescribed psycho-stimulants and highly addictive drugs to combat the overwhelming fatigue. The subsequent bare nerve damage triggers painful spasms of muscles, requiring prescribed muscle relaxants, which are medications that sedate and cause more fatigue. Relaxants also lessen the effect of the psycho-stimulants. Patients will develop a tolerance to these drugs resulting in the need for stronger medications.
It is a downhill spiral and at present, it is the only help that Iowa patients have. What if there was one drug that stopped the need for relaxants, allowed patients to decrease their pain, and increased their physical activity? This drug is medicinal marijuana. Afraid of having too many “high” MS patients in Iowa? Then know that THC acts on the nervous system and because this system is damaged in MS patients, THC does not produce the euphoria experienced by those with ‘normal’ systems.
There is no cure for MS but until then, having an effective, accessible drug to assist them in leading more productive lives is not a bad option. I encourage all Iowa legislators to stop accepting money from special interest groups to benefit themselves (it’s selfish) and instead think about their constituents who in need of help. Let it also be known that there are injections to slow the progression of MS, keeping people out of wheelchairs. At a cost of an average of $1,200.00 a month, these individuals require Medicare or the ACA to pay for these ridiculously priced medications.
It is your job to assist, not obstruct, MS patients and their decision to improve the quality of their lives. Open your hearts and your minds.”
–Story County, Iowa
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