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Could medical marijuana help curb the opioid crisis?

Could medical marijuana help curb the opioid crisis?

"We've seen it here locally in Cumberland, Maryland where we have opioid patients that we're able to reduce their dose but again it's something that needs to be done in conjunction with the prescribing provider so that you can work out a regimen that will make the patient successful", said RX Greenhouse CEO Sajal Roy.

Mayor Gregor Robertson has called for decriminalizing possession of illicit drugs alongside new ways of treating those with opioid addiction after Canada's public health agency estimated that roughly 4,000 people in Canada died of an overdose in 2017, mostly from opioids.

Opioid prescriptions tend to decrease in USA states that adopt medical marijuana laws or legalize recreational use of pot, two different research teams have concluded.

They found that if patients were allowed to use cannabis for specific medical conditions, they reduced their opioid prescriptions by 6 percent, or 39 less prescriptions for every 1,000 Medicaid recipients.

The legalization of medical marijuana appears to have contributed to lowering rates of opioid abuse, according to two new studies. Over-prescribing is considered a key factor in the opioid epidemic. These are the latest findings to provide evidence towards the idea that some people are willing to use marijuana as a substitute for opioids and other prescription medications. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs.

In the second study, researchers looked at Medicare users 65 years or older, and those with disabilities. One of those research projects at McMaster University has looked into how cannabis can be used as an "exit drug" for nearly 1,400 opioid users.

"I think it would be important for medical cannabis, something that is studied further". That suggest the medical marijuana laws didn't reach some people who could benefit from using marijuana instead of opioids, said Hefei Wen of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, one of the study authors.

One of the participants, she said, managed to reduce his alcohol consumption by 60 per cent, which has prompted her to expand the research team to focus on treatment of alcoholism, especially in First Nations communities. They will then have to go through public comment before being implemented.



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