What happened in the states after medical marijuana laws were passed? Have opioid overdoses gone up, stayed the same, or decreased?
It has been millions of people in the United States diagnosed With Opioid Use Disorder, Over 80 Americans death Every day an opiate overdose. Where does this come from? Most “new heroin users” began abusing prescription pain relievers. This is important because more than 200 million opioid painkiller prescriptions are still written each year. Did you pick up this number? Two hundred million prescriptions per year, “a number that closely approximates the total adult population in the United States.” This is unreasonable
“‘when you We see Something like the opioid addiction crisis that is booming in many states across this country, and the last thing we should do is encourage people to smoke cannabis, [White House Spokesperson Sean] Spicer told reporters. “But, if opioid addiction starts with people taking prescription pain relievers, maybe cannabis does. scale down The problem is by offering an alternative pain reliever. Alternatively, cannabis may act as a “gateway” or “stepping stone” drug to hardier drugs, potentially exacerbating the opioid epidemic, as I discuss in my video Marijuana Legalization and the Opioid Epidemic.
Well, first, is cannabis work? Is it a really effective pain medication, which is arbitrarily stigmatized by many and criminalized by the federal government? Or is it that without any medical benefit, its advocates hide behind a veil of misplaced (or deliberately misguided) sympathy for the patient? The official position of the American Medical Association is that marijuanashe has There is no scientifically proven and currently accepted medical use to prevent or treat any disease,” but what does the science say?
“Despite the widespread use of opioids, 50% – 80% of patients with advanced cancer death with unmet pain relief needs.” So, adding cannabis may help. In fact, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have found That cannabis compounds produce a painkiller, “the equivalent of moderate doses of codeine,” an opiate used to treat mild to moderate pain, but if you’re dying of cancer, don’t you want the good stuff? Why don’t we just raise morphine?
If you want, you can state Someone is in a coma and erases all their pain, but there’s a very real problem with such high doses of opioids: There you are, at the end of your life, surrounded by loved ones, but you’re so sedated you can’t even say goodbye. This is where cannabis may help. It may allow patients to drop the opioid dose slightly without compromising pain control.
This is so much Report, In any case. If you look at New England, for example, which can be considered ground zero of the opioid epidemic, in just one year, “there were enough opioids dispensed from Maine pharmacies in 2014 to supply everyone in the state with a 16-supply today “. What are they doing there?
However, of the surveyed New Englanders who were abusing opioids, most claimed they “reduced [opioid] Use since they started MC, “medical cannabis. Some have also reduced their use of antidepressants, alcohol, anti-anxiety medications, migraine medications, and sleeping pills. Forty percent said they were able to reduce their opioid use “a lot,” as you can see at 3:16 in video.
Even the use of cannabis scale down Crack cocaine use. It may seem odd to give drugs to drug addicts, but if people even make a partial switch from more harmful drugs to less harmful drugs, the overall harm may be reduced. so what Event After the medical marijuana laws were passed? Have opioid overdoses gone up, stayed the same, or decreased?
They came down.
Medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower rates of opioid overdose deaths statewide, 25 percent lower than deaths from overdose. “The striking meaning is that the medical marijuana laws…maybe Represent A promising approach to halting the “opioid overdose epidemic.” If true, this finding upsets the element of conventional wisdom regarding the public health effects of legalizing marijuana and its medicinal utility. Medicinally, but on the other hand, if people are getting enough benefit from its use that they can reduce their prescriptions, then obviously Something Being.
What about other medicines? As you can see at 4:37 in my country videoOnce upon a time medical marijuana laws were Passed successfullyFewer people were filling prescriptions — not just fewer prescriptions for pain relievers, but fewer prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, anti-nausea drugs, antipsychotics, anti-seizure medications, and sleeping pills. If all states adopted medical marijuana laws, it could save about half a billion dollars annually. But half a billion dollars will be saved by taxpayers, will the half billion dollar drug companies lose, so it is no wonder that the big drug companies are afraid. Why do you think drug companies, including the makers of OxyContin and Vicodin, have been major sponsors of the marijuana ban lobby, attempt To stop rationing? “Other major sponsors of the marijuana ban are the beer industry, police unions, and the private prison industry.”
- More than 200 million prescription opioid painkillers are written annually even though millions in the United States are diagnosed with an opioid use disorder and more than 80 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
- Could cannabis act as a gateway to hardier drugs, such as opioids, or does it reduce opioid addiction by offering an alternative analgesic to prescription pills?
- The official position of the American Medical Association is that marijuana “has no currently accepted, scientifically proven medical use to prevent or treat any disease,” but studies have found that cannabis compounds produce a pain reliever “equivalent to moderate doses of codeine,” an opiate used to treat pain that is mild to average.
- At the end of life, cannabis may allow patients to reduce their opioid doses without compromising pain relief so that they are not so drug-induced that they can’t say goodbye.
- Most New Englanders who take opioids claim to have reduced their use of opioids after starting medical cannabis, and some have also reduced their use of alcohol, antidepressants, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety and migraine medications. Cannabis may also reduce cocaine use.
- After medical marijuana laws were passed, opioid overdoses were down, the overdose death rate was down 25 percent, and fewer people were filling prescriptions — not just for pain relievers, but also for anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and anti-nausea drugs. Antipsychotics, anti-seizure medications, and sleeping pills.
- About half a billion dollars would be saved annually if medical marijuana laws were adopted across the United States, but the half billion taxpayers would save is that half a billion drug companies would lose out.
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Michael Greer, MD
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