"There is a growing body of scientific literature suggesting that legal access to marijuana can reduce the use of opioids as well as opioid-related overdose deaths", Melissa Moore, New York deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance told CNN on Monday (April 2). In February, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills reported 418 drug overdose deaths in the state in 2017, an 11 percent rise over 2016 - when deaths surged 40 percent over 2015.
The National Safety Council has pegged the states which they consider the leaders in implementing policies to help combat the deadly opioid epidemic.
Opioids are a class of strong pain medications, including drugs such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen).
In Ohio, only one of the six actions hasn't been met- implementing a data sharing database which would allow prescribers, law enforcement, and more to share information about crimes associated with opioid misuse and more.
Additionally, researchers found a 14.5 percent reduction in any opiate use in states operating legal marijuana dispensaries.
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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.
Legalisation of marijuana may play a role in fighting the ongoing United States opioid crisis.
"And now, with these two papers, plus a handful of previous studies, we've got pretty compelling evidence that shows that we need to really to think about cannabis as a potential way to curb the opioid crisis", said Hill, who co-authored an editorial that was published alongside the two studies in the same journal. The campaign focuses on making cannabis an option for pain management. "However, our findings show that the mechanism for this was loosely regulated medical marijuana dispensaries, and that the association between these laws and opioid mortality has declined over time as state laws have more tightly regulated medical dispensaries and the opioid crisis shifted from prescription opioids to heroin and fentanyl", Pacula said.
In the second study, another team of researchers looked at the number of opioid prescriptions filled under Medicare in all US states from 2010 through 2015. 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. Instead, it should be a back-up option for patients who are struggling to manage pain and who could be in danger of addiction.
Limiting initial opioid prescription lowers the risk of addiction and chances of unused drugs hitting the street.