A new study found that states with medical marijuana dispensaries have seen a reduction in opioid overdose deaths and addiction treatment admissions.
Last month, a review of the research found good evidence to support pot’s use for chronic pain. Prior to that, a study indicated that medical marijuana could lead to fewer prescription painkiller overdose deaths. And now, a new study went further: States with laws that allow medical marijuana dispensaries have seen a relative reduction in opioid overdose deaths and addiction treatment admissions.
All of this research suggests marijuana could help solve one of the trickiest problems in health care today: How does the US balance caring for 100 million pain patients and preventing opioid painkiller addiction and deaths? If marijuana is a good pain reliever, the answer could be that America doesn’t need to, at least for some patients — instead, just give them pot.