Officials in New South Wales, Australia have approved plans for a trial of medical marijuana drugs for children with severe epilepsy. Julie Noce reports.
Medical marijuana trial for children with epilepsy
Australia’s government announced plans for a trial of cannabis based medicines for children with severe drug-resistant epilepsy in New South Wales.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW SOUTH WALES PREMIER MIKE BAIRD SAYING:
“If we can bring relief to these families and to these poor children – well, who wouldn’t want to do that and that is what today is all about.”
One parent said.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PARENTS NICOLE SUTTLE, MATTHEW OLDENBURG AND EPILEPTIC SON TYLER OLDENBURG, MATTHEW OLDENBURG SAYING:
“And it would be really good to see him have a better quality of life.”
Karen Edwards said her five-year-old daughter Bethany suffered side-effects from her current medication including depression and anxiety.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MOTHER OF BETHANY, KAREN EDWARDS, SAYING:
“She’s got low immunity, low blood cell count, chicken pox could kill her, because of these medications, and cannabis could, can get rid of all of that.”
New South Wales is already conducting a medicinal marijuana trial for adults with a terminal illness.