SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Searching for a way to ease the pain, some people in California with chronic illnesses are turning to marijuana products instead of opioids. It’s a trend that advocates say may be a way to cut into the nations opioid epidemic.
“I would be in the doctor’s waiting room crying in pain,” said Triscka Mallia.
She was prescribed powerful pills to treat her back pain.
“I was on about eight Vicodin a day,” said Mallia.
While she got some relief, the side effects were too great to handle.
“I had drug tremors. I had the sweats,” explained Mallia, “I don’t think I was any different than a heroin addict.”