HARTFORD, CT – A first-of-its kind research study that will test the effectiveness of using medical marijuana in place of oxycodone in patients suffering from pain from multiple rib fractures will be done at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced recently approval of the research program, which will treat patients with post traumatic acute, subacute and chronic pain from rib injuries.
Legislation allowing research into potential new uses of medical cannabis was signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and took effect on Oct. 1.
The Saint Francis medical marijuana project was announced a few days before The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford announced that a medical marijuana program there had been approved by the federal government to conduct research with the goals of improving pain management and reducing opioid usage in palliative care. [Read more at CT News Junkie]