by: Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Updated: Nov 22, 2017 – 2:57 PM
The findings from Aclara Research, a cannabis patient and consumer insights group, come soon after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in the U.S. as an estimated 175 Americans die from opioids each day.
The study, which will be released in full in early 2018, was conducted in partnership with pharmacists active in the cannabis industry and included online surveys of more than 400 patients using prescription opioids nationwide.
Researchers also examined 500 pharmacists’ perceptions of medical cannabis and its role in the industry.
According to the Aclara study, the preliminary findings showed that 67 percent of the patients stopped using opioid medications after using medical cannabis.
And another 29 percent reported a decrease in the number of opioid medications used after starting medical cannabis.
Thirty percent of the patients said they stopped using any and all prescription drugs after