However, people with HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, glaucoma or lupus accounted for less than 3 percent of the total.
The vast majority — 20,426 — said they were using the drug for “severe pain.”
“That’s what we did with opioid abuse,” he said. “We tracked which doctors were giving out high (numbers of prescriptions).”
“Pain is all too common in our society, so these numbers make sense,” said Carl Bergquist, of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. “In fact, with more education, access and awareness we expect them to keep increasing. We want patients to comply with the law and grow their own or to purchase the safe and tested products from the dispensaries. Far too many patients suffer in silence or rely on more powerful and addictive drugs.”