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New Study: Medical Marijuana Could Lead to Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths

 

Image Courtesy Laurie Avocado

Image Courtesy Laurie Avocado

A recent study published by JAMA has demonstrated that states with medical cannabis laws have 24.8% fewer opioid overdose deaths when compared to states without medical cannabis laws.

Additionally,  in states with medical cannabis laws, opioid overdose deaths decreased over time starting in the year the law was implemented. The study looked at the years 1999-2010, and while the study does not show that medical cannabis users are not also using opioids, it does indicate that they are using prescriptions painkillers less frequently, which could lead to fewer overdose deaths.

The study’s lead author, Dr. read more…

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