As Mentioned Above, There Are Several Studies That Show That States That Allow Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Opioid Deaths.

Marijuana (and psychedelics like LSD or psilocybin) were found to be far less addictive. Effect on public health and opioid use: While there are a number of factors behind the current opioid epidemic, one thing that many experts agree has played a role is the use of opioid painkillers to treat chronic pain. Using powerful drugs that have a high risk of causing overdose and high addiction potential is risky. Marijuana, which can also treat chronic pain the most common reason people want to use it medically is far less risky, scientists say. As mentioned above, there are several studies that show that states that allow medical marijuana have fewer opioid deaths. This effect seems to stack over time, with states who pass these laws seeing a “20% lower rate of opioid deaths in the laws’ first year, 24% in the third, and 33% in the sixth,” according to Stat News . In general, it’s hard to say that deaths went down because of medical marijuana legalization and not other reasons; but in this case, researchers think that since the effect gets stronger the longer marijuana has been legalized, that implies that marijuana is a major cause of the decline in opioid deaths. To be fair, the data we have so far associates that drop in overdoses with medical marijuana; there’s not enough data to say what effect recreational legalization will have. But we at least think marijuana is unlikely to worsen any existing opioid troubles.

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