Can medical marijuana help bring down painkiller overdoses, death?

Can medical marijuana help bring down painkiller overdoses, death?

By Rhodi Lee, Tech Times | August 26, 4:03 AM

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that deaths due to drug overdose have dramatically increased over the last two decades skyrocketing by 118 percent between the years 1999 and 2011 and of the nearly 23,000 deaths attributed to pharmaceutical overdose in 2011, 74 percent involved opioid pain relievers.

It appears, however, that medical marijuana may help reduce prescription painkiller abuse, which costs the U.S. about $55.7 billion as of 2007 to lost productivity, healthcare costs and criminal justice costs. Findings of a new research have found that states that legalized medical marijuana were more likely to have fewer deaths caused by abuse of narcotic painkillers.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/14032/20140826/can-medical-marijuana-help-bring-down-painkiller-overdoses-death.htm






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