Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

MALCOLM RITTER |

Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may.

Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic worse.

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions






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