Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

San Mateo County Health Department AIDS Program Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Began a 2-year feasibility study for people [sponsored by the DuPont Corporation] who are HIV-positive and also have peripheral neuropathy. They will be given marijuana that will be dispensed by the SMCGH pharmacy. Persons must have had previous experience smoking marijuana in order to participate in the study and use will be carefully monitored. Each participant will be in the study for six weeks and there will be 10 – 15 people in the study at any given time. This study is looking at how such a program can be operated effectively, rather that the effectiveness of marijuana on addressing medical symptoms.”

Mar. 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Program provides comprehensive, community-based prevention and testing services, health care, social services, advocacy, and referrals to contract agencies providing drug treatment, housing, in-home care, food, dental care and other services.”

“Mission Statement,” San Mateo County Health Department AIDS Program website (accessed Sep. 18, 2007)

Mission:

“The AIDS Program, founded in 1985, works to prevent HIV infection and cares for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in San Mateo County.”

“Mission Statement,” San Mateo County Health Department AIDS Program website (accessed Sep. 18, 2007)

Other:
County agency