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Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drug prescriptions, study finds

Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drug prescriptions, study finds

OSCAR PASCUAL | July 7, 2016

As the cost of pharmaceutical drugs continues to soar, medical cannabis has helped cut the need for Medicare prescriptions in states where it’s legal.

A study published Wednesday in Health Affairs found a decline in Medicare prescriptions for opioid painkillers and antidepressants in states with legal access to medical marijuana, as well as a drop in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications.

Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drug prescriptions, study finds






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