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Compensation judge indicates – “The preponderance of the evidence shows that this Compensation Judge has the authority to order reimbursement of the employees payments and costs associated with his Medical Cannabis prescription”

DANIEL BIERBACH, Employee/Respondent, v. DIGGER’S POLARIS and STATE AUTO/UNITED FIRE & CAS. GRP., Employer-Insurer/Appellants. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COURT OF APPEALS NOVEMBER 10, 2020 WC19-6314 JURISDICTION – SUBJECT MATTER. The compensation judge had subject matter jurisdiction under Minnesota law to determine whether the employee was entitled to reimbursement for medical cannabis. This court declines to rule on…

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Alcohol Detox: What You Should Know

If you are interested in outpatient detoxification from alcohol, Dr. Locketz will assess your safety for this type of treatment. Here are some important things to know. DO I ACTUALLY NEED DETOX? Many patients come to their first appointment asking for detox. Frequently, after doing a history and exam with vital signs, we find that…

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FAQs: Opiate and Opioid Addiction Treatment

WHAT DOES OUR PROGRAM CONSIST OF? Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication for special office-based treatment of opiate and opioid addictions. Typically it is combined with Naloxone in formulations commercially available such as Suboxone or BunAvail. Dr. Locketz uses a number of other medications to make patients more comfortable during this process. Once established in our…

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Alcohol Abuse Treatment with Naltrexone and the Sinclair Method

The goal with the Sinclair Method is to eventually enable people to either stop drinking or to moderate their drinking. One of the receptors that alcohol stimulates is the mu-opioid receptor. This is the same receptor that is stimulated by narcotic pain medications such as Percocet and Vicodin. Activating this receptor causes a release of…

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