August 29, 2014

33% Fewer After 5 Years

1 Medicinal Pot Cuts Painkiller Drug ODs

States that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, primarily for pain treatment, have seen dramatic reductions in the number of deaths due to overdoses of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine and the like. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed death certificate data for all 50 states from 1999, when medical pot was legal in only California, Oregon and Washington, through 2010, when ten more states had joined them. Although nationwide deaths due to opioid overdose soared from 4,030 to 16,651 in that time, the states permitting medicinal marijuana saw decreases in those death rates by an average 20 percent after one year, 25 percent after two years, and 33 percent after five or more, compared to what the national trend would have predicted.

More at Yahoo.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: MDs Support Medicinal Pot and Legalization

Tags: Medicinal Pot and Pain, Medicinal Pot Versus Opioids, Medicinal Pot and Drug Overdoses, Safest Pain Medications

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