Medical marijuana helps reduce opioid overdose deaths

August 26, 2014 7:49 AM

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Medical marijuana helps reduce opioid overdose deaths

US states that have legalised medical marijuana have seen a significant drop in painkiller overdose rates, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows.

Lead study author Marcus Bachhuber, MD, a primary care physician and clinical scholar, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and colleagues found that in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people died from opioid o...

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