Cannabis has shown to reduce Opioid Deaths by 25%. The Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine published that“States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate…compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”
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States that legalized medical cannabis saw an average reduction of 3.7 Million daily doses of Opioids per year. Medical cannabis laws have provided people with an alternative to opioids for conditions as varied as chronic pain. Palliative Care has begun to see a significant change in approach in the community setting and is vastly changing quality of life for many people across the United States. American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine, “prescriptions filled for all opioids decreased by 2.11 million daily doses per year…when a state instituted any medical cannabis law” and “prescriptions for all opioids decreased by 3.742 million daily doses per year when medical cannabis dispensaries opened.”
Source: Bradford, Ashley C., et al. “Association Between US State Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Prescribing in the Medicare Part D Population.” JAMA Intern Med., vol. 178, no. 5, May 2018, pp. 667–672.