• America is going through the worst opioid crisis ever. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, there were more than 500,000 opioid-related deaths between 2000 and 2015. In 2016 alone, over 64,000 people overdosed on opioid and heroin-related drugs. This was was the largest increase in the country’s history, surpassing the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents and homicides combined. Unfortunately, preliminary data suggests the rate jumped even higher in 2017.
Cannabis may save us.
Two new studies just released by JAMA Internal Medicine found that in states that have legalized medicinal marijuana, opioid patients on average filled 14 percent fewer prescriptions after cannabis had been legalized. And in states that went recreational, the prescription rates dropped even further. This backs up a study from 2014 that showed green states had 24 percent fewer opioid deaths between 1999 and 2010.
“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,” said Melissa Moore, New York deputy state director for the Drug Policy