Study Debunks Theory That Legalized Marijuana Helps Prevent Opioid Deaths

Study Debunks Theory That Legalized Marijuana Helps Prevent Opioid Deaths

Publication date: Jun 12, 2019

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

The previous work linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates from 1999 to 2010.

When the new researchers included data through 2017, they found the reverse: States passing medical marijuana laws saw a 23% higher than expected rate of deaths involving prescription opioids.

Legalizing medical marijuana -is not going to be a solution to the opioid overdose crisis,” said Chelsea Shover of Stanford University School of Medicine.

The studies on marijuana laws and opioid deaths don’t account for that.

She co-authored a 2018 study on marijuana laws and overdose deaths.

Marijuana has been shown to help ease chronic pain, and other studies have suggested medical marijuana laws may reduce opioid prescribing.

Study: Association between medical cannabis laws and opioid overdose mortality has reversed over time Copyright 2019 Associated Press.

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