Marijuana might alleviate America’s opioid crisis, new study suggests

weed-vs-opioids-heroIn 2014, more than 14,000 people ― nearly 40 per day ― died from overdoses of prescribed opiates.

By Chris D’Angelo | The Huffington Post

Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests.

In a study, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed traffic fatality data from 1999-2013 for 18 U.S states. They found that most states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an overall reduction in fatal crashes involving drivers who tested positive for opioids.

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