A few weeks ago I issued a Director’s Decision that will authorize the use of marijuana (under the AZ Medical Marijuana Act) for patients undergoing treatment for PTSD. Medical marijuana certifications will be valid only for palliative care (not treatment). I delayed the implementation date until January 1 to allow time for certifying physicians, dispensary medical directors, and dispensary agents to develop policies, procedures, and educational materials before the decision takes effect.
One good training option for physicians (and other clinicians) was recently uploaded to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality‘s website. It’s entitled “Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)”. The CME/CE activities are accredited for a multi-disciplinary audience of health care practitioners and provides 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as well as Certified Contact Hours for Case Managers, Certified Health Education Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Pharmacists.
The monograph examines various evidence-based treatments for adults with PTSD. It covers the benefits, harms, and comparative effectiveness of various treatment strategies for adults including the comparative effectiveness of psychological treatments.
We’re reaching out to certifying physicians and other interested healthcare personnel to let them know about this resource so that they’re better informed about the latest data regarding evidence-based treatment of PTSD.
Oh what a compassionate and life changing decision you made here Humble. Wow you should get a medal or maybe just get fired you incompetent! You are a joke!
Thanks for the feedback. I will use this valuable information to help me make evidence-based decisions moving forward.
Your comments are not productive. Progress, even if slow, is progress. People who deserve a decent quality of life may now have it, even if a little late. If only axiety-type conditions were accepted, life would be better for more citizens like myself.
Amyway, Mr. Humble, please continue to keep yourself open to the evidence of therapuetic cannabis and the citizens of this state who would benefit from it. A more expedient process would be appreciated, though.
Mr Humble I thank you for taking a new step in the right direction! I thank you for educating our healthcare community with Acute Stress Disorder aka PTSD
Again I ask that you please educate ER Dr’s and automatically issue educational material with a diagnosis of PTSD with self help number’s and crisis lines and additional resources such as Megallan,Terros,Community Bridges and Jewish family services.Some veterans and civilians do not have internet to look up these resources.
Again Mr Humble thank you for your commitment to helping people with PTSD have a quality of life with Cannabis as medicine!