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For big pharma, an expanding amount of data explains their fears. Opiate overdoses dropped by roughly 25% in states that have legalized medical marijuana compared to states that have prohibited sales of the plant, according to a 2014 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study implies that people could be using medical marijuana to treat their pain rather than opioid painkillers, or they’re taking lower doses.
- Many of those people have had no choice but to turn to pain relievers – you know, the drugs that are creating an addiction epidemic in our country and countless others.
- There are veritable mountains of evidence, both scientific and anecdotal in nature, affirming that cannabis does indeed have medical value.
- This would possibly be an acceptable rationale, if marijuana – which has a low potential for addiction and has an extremely low risk of overdose .
“The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates that 1.9 million people suffer with an addiction involving prescription painkillers, and over half a million people suffer with heroin addiction.”