Would Easier Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce Opioid Deaths in NJ?

September 5, 2014 10:06 PM

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Would Easier Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce Opioid Deaths in NJ?

States with laws allowing medical marijuana had reduced rates of opioid overdose deaths, according to a study cited by advocates who say New Jersey should expand access to its own program.

The 10 states that introduced medical marijuana programs from 1999 to 2010 saw a combined 24.8 percent drop in opioid overdose death rates compared to states without such programs, according to a research paper published recently in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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