Poorly controlled chronic pain among Sickle Cell patients in Minnesota

  • Asmaa Ferdjallah University of Minnesota School of Public Health


Sickle Cell disease is a genetic disorder that disproportionately affects African Americans. The hallmark of the disease is chronic pain which affects an individual’s ability to attend school or work. Medical marijuana is made available for chronic pain syndromes but not for Sickle Cell. This paper addresses the magnitude of this problem in Minnesota and policies regarding increased access to medical marijuana in this special population.

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Submitted: 2019-12-30
Accepted: 2020-02-29
Published: 2020-06-02
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