Researchers reported Monday, making medical marijuana available might help reduce opioid prescriptions.
They found states that legalized the medical use of marijuana saw small reductions in opioid prescriptions for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
The researchers said that since opioid prescriptions are considered to be a major driver of the opioid abuse epidemic, medical marijuana laws could be a part of the solution.
Hefei Wen of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Jason Hockenberry of the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health wrote, “State implementation of medical marijuana laws was associated with a 5.88 percent lower rate of opioid prescribing.”
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Medical Marijuana Helps Opioid Abusers