Patients Embrace Medical Cannabis As Opioid Alternative — Without Guidance

Dawn Faihtinger is in her 60s and lives in an RV at a park on the Oregon coast.

She’s been battling pain for nearly 50 years, ever since she was hit by a car as a teenager.

“I was in a coma for seven weeks,” she said. “I had a compound fracture of my right leg. Had my skull split open.”

Faihtinger later learned she had multiple sclerosis. She spent 15 years in a wheelchair and on heavy doses of opioids, including Oxycodone and fentanyl.

“I went to Cedar Hills hospital and threatened to commit suicide unless they put me in because I was tired of all the drugs,” she said. “It had done such damage to my body that it was overwhelming. I couldn’t think straight, I couldn’t drive. The pain was outrageous.”

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