Medical Marijuana States Tend To Have Fewer Opioid Deaths

August 26, 2014 12:05 AM

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Medical Marijuana States Tend To Have Fewer Opioid Deaths

A new study revealed states that allow medical marijuana tend to have fewer painkiller-related deaths.

Opioid analgesics, such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin, are often prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Researchers reviewed the rate of deaths caused by opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2010 and found states that allow the use of medical marijuana had a 24.8 percent lower annual opioid over...

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