Large U.S. study finds that marijuana laws (both recreational & medical) appear to significantly reduce prescription opioid use.

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The irony is that health pratictioners like doctors and nurses cannot use medical marijuana themselves or else they can get fired, since it is still not federally legal. Hospitals that take federal money (like Medicare) or receive federal grants have to abide by federal laws. Even if marijuana is legal in their state. So doctors can prescribe their patients this better alternative, but if the doctor develops a condition or gets into an accident, they have to use drugs with worse side effects (like opoids), even knowing there is a better drug out there for their condition. How sad is that.


**The post title is taken directly from the study:** >Between 2011 and 2018, we find that recreational and medical cannabis access laws reduce the number of morphine milligram equivalents prescribed each year by 11.8 and 4.2 percent, respectively. >…both types of cannabis access laws similarly reduce the total days supply of opioids, the number of patients to whom providers prescribe opioids, and the probability that a provider prescribes any opioids. **Here are some ways this research builds upon past studies:** >This study extends the sampling scope of past samples by using 1.5 billion individual opioid prescriptions. This represents 90% of all filled outpatient opioid prescriptions during the time period analyzed. >The researchers aggregated these prescription data to the individual-provider level. Then they calculated highly-specific measures of opioid prescriptions, like morphine milligram equivalents. >These data and methods provide a more precise picture of nationwide prescribing behavior than previously available.


Does it reduce alcohol use too?


#”YEAH THATS THE PROBLEM” – Big Pharma probably


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