Medical Marijuana Cuts Pill ODs 25 Percent

August 26, 2014 7:03 AM

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Medical Marijuana Cuts Pill ODs 25 Percent

According to a study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine states that have legalized medical marijuana have 25percent less prescription drug overdose deaths. A team of researchers from the Bloomberg School and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania report that expanding legal access to marijuana, notably often utilized for its pain-alleviating qualities, could have additional, unintended benefits. This reduction in drug overdoses occurred directly following the passing of legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana.

Dr. Marcus Bachhuber, a lead author on the study said: “We think that people with chronic pain may be choosing to treat their pain with marijuana rather than with prescription painkillers, in states where this is legal.”

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