Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

"It got prescribed so much that everybody taking an opioid for chronic pain was also taking gabapentin", Dr. Murphy told NBC News.

The second team of researchers from the University of Kentucky looked at opioid prescriptions covered by Medicaid between 2011 and 2016, and found that opioid prescriptions decreased by 5.88% in states that allowed the use of medicinal or recreational marijuana.

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Advocates are gathering signatures to get an initiative on the November ballot that would require the state to issue medical marijuana cards to adults or parents of children whose doctors recommend they use the drug.

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Results showed that laws that let people use marijuana to treat specific medical conditions were associated with about a 6 percent lower rate of opioid prescribing for pain.

As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.

The other study looked at opioid prescribing nationwide for people using Medicare, which covers people 65 years or older and those with disabilities. For instance, according to data published last month by the Minnesota Department of Health, among patients known to be taking opiate painkillers upon their enrollment into the program, 63 percent "were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months". "The potential of marijuana liberalization to reduce the use and consequences of prescription opioids. deserves consideration during the policy discussions about marijuana reform and the opioid epidemic", it says.

"I think it would be important for medical cannabis, something that is studied further". That's about 39 fewer prescriptions per 1,000 people using Medicaid. While neither the administration of cannabis nor oxycodone alone significantly mitigated subjects' pain, the combined administration of both drugs did so effectively. They concluded, "Smoked cannabis combined with an ineffective analgesic dose of oxycodone produced analgesia comparable to an effective opioid analgesic dose without significantly increasing cannabis's abuse liability".

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