From ‘Highly Addicted’ To Happy Thanks To Cannabis: One Man’s Journey After Opioids

By Tess Allen

When Tom Quigley had surgery on his pancreas in 2012, his doctors told him opioids would be best for the pain.
A years-long dependence on the potent painkillers – which Quigley finally managed to conquer in 2010 – told him that simply wasn’t an option.
“There’s no doubt about it: pain pills work, and they work very well… but your quality of life is seriously diminished,” said the Tampa resident, who describes the three-year period when he was addicted to opioids as an overall “numbness” punctuated by side effects like constipation and internal bleeding.
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