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    NYSAM Public Policy

    Wednesday
    Apr282010

    MSSNY House of Delegates Chooses Not to Reaffirm MSSNY’s Pro Medical Marijuana Position 

    MSSNY House of Delegates Chooses Not to Reaffirm MSSNY’s Pro Medical Marijuana Position WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 AT 02:42PM DR. NORMAN WETTERAU Two years ago the Medical Society of the State of New York House of Delegates approved a resolution supporting smoked medical marijuana to relieve nausea and pain in terminally-ill patients when nothing else had worked. MSSNY then went on to support a proposed New York State Assembly bill, even though the bill was much, much broader in its scope. The MSSNY House of Delegates had never considered this bill. Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the Committee on Health, had asked for this support from the MSSNY Leadership, and they felt they could provide it.

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    Thursday
    Feb042010

    The Medical Marijuana Ruse: NYS Legislators Propose You Play Doctor (And Not Be One)

    Assemblyman Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, has reintroduced a Medical Marijuana bill. A similar bill last year passed the Assembly but stalled in the Senate. Last year Governor Paterson’s Office indicated it would sign such a bill if it passed. You may read the actual bill. It would permit smoking marijuana for “Serious Conditions,” to be specified not in law but by you the physician. Thus far the bill has been reported favorably out of the Health Committee and is under consideration in the Assembly Rules Committee.

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    Thursday
    Feb042010

    NYSAM Targets Prescription Drug Abuse and Opioid-Related Deaths

    In 2009, NYSAM worked with the New York State Department of Health and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to develop guidelines for the management of patients with opioid overdose who present to emergency departments. These guidelines have been distributed to emergency department Medical and Nursing Directors state-wide, but these departments are unlikely to act on such recommendations without additional assistance.

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