SCIENCE DAILY reports on a study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, which says that states with legal medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer opioid-related deaths. Why is this significant? There has been a steady rise in prescription drug abuse in Tennessee for the past decade. This fact has been well-documented. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24589873 Educating the public, plus reform of cannabis laws, will go a long way toward reversing this trend.
Here is a summary of the report: “On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain.”