Legalizing Marijuana Could Reduce Opioid Use

Rates of opioid prescriptions went down in states that implemented laws allowing access to medical marijuana, according to two studies published today (April 2) in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

The findings suggest that access to medical marijuana may have cut patients’ need for opioids to manage their pain, the researchers said.

“There has been substantive evidence that marijuana can relieve pain at a lower risk of addiction than opioids and with virtually no risk of overdose,” said lead study author Hefei Wen, an assistant professor of health management and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in Lexington, Kentucky.

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SOURCE: Gholipour, B. (2018, April 2). Live Science. How Medical Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic. Retrieved from https://www.livescience.com/62193-legalizing-marijuana-surprising-benefit.html

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