Legalizing medical cannabis does not necessarily help with reducing cases of opioid overdoses, according to data.
Though some marijuana advocates have maintained that legalizing medical marijuana might help reduce opioid overdoses by leading patients to use cannabis instead of drugs for pain relief, but researchers from Stanford University’s School of Medicine say there is no evidence of that result.
“We don’t think cannabis is killing people, but we don’t think it’s saving people,” said Dr. Humphrey’s, senior author of the study.
Though some data has indicated that during the periods that marijuana has been accessible there has been a drop in opioid doses, there was a rise in opioid overdose deaths in 2017, when the greatest number of states made it legal.
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