Two new studies show how marijuana can help fight the opioid epidemic

B.C. is leading the way in dealing with opioid addiction opening Opioid Agonist Therapy clinics across the Lower Mainland

The report has found specifically that legalizing medical marijuana is highly associated with lower levels of opioid related deaths, in states that have put forth legislation to make marijuana legal.

There is widespread agreement among doctors and public health experts that marijuana is effective at treating chronic pain.

Vermont Business Magazine In a startling report released today, National Safety Council research shows just 13 states and Washington, DC, have implemented comprehensive, proven actions to eliminate opioid overdoses and help protect their residents.

A new study has come out showing the possible link between addicts coming off of opioids and marijuana use.

Researchers say this indicates patients might be using marijuana to manage their pain instead of opioids.

The Trump administration's decision to increase spending to address the opioid crisis is a step in the right direction, but this epidemic needs more attention. Opioids are becoming the most popular drug of choice, creating alarming over-dose and death rates. The researchers in the study were able to continue the research up until 2013, where they found that lower rates of opioid deaths completely corresponds to use of medical marijuana in individuals with issues of addiction. Two new studies in the debate suggest it may.

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At this point, 30 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing some form of marijuana use, including eight states that have legalized recreational use. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, almost 80 percent of heroin addicts were hooked after using prescription drugs.

"However, the economic burden of the opioid epidemic is unevenly distributed across the country, with many communities especially hard hit".

Each day, 90 Americans die from opioid overdoses, Hill notes in JAMA Internal Medicine, where both studies were published.

In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, a woman holds the prescribed medical marijuana product used to treat her daughter's epilepsy after making a purchase at a medical marijuana dispensary in Butler, Pa.

In the USA, states where medical marijuana was legal averaged 3.7 million fewer opioid doses annually than states where it is banned. Hill wrote an editorial that accompanied the two articles. It remains highly prevalent that the use of medicinal marijuana can benefit those who are addicted to different types of opioid-based drugs.

Response: Marijuana is one of the potential, non-opioid alternatives that can relieve pain at a relatively lower risk of addiction and virtually no risk of overdose. Also, it's unclear from the studies exactly how much marijuana use was for medical versus recreational purposes or how much people might have relied on other non-opioid painkillers.

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