Marijuana & Opioids

Those studies claiming marijuana legalization could solve the opioid epidemic? They’re flawed…

The marijuana industry has relied heavily on a 2014 study that showed a decrease in opioid-related deaths correlating with medical marijuana legalization. A 2019 study that allowed for more time to pass from the passage of legalization to the implementation of legalization found that the opposite was true, with a 23% increase in opioid deaths.

More importantly, the study also found that because medical marijuana users represented such a small portion of the population, there was no way that they could exert such an impact on the opioid epidemic. Subsequent studies have confirmed the finding.

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A 4-year prospective study in the highly respected journal, The Lancet Public Health, followed patients with chronic non-cancer pain and found no evidence marijuana use mitigated pain severity or interference or that marijuana affected rates of opioid prescribing or opioid discontinuation (Campbell, et al., 2018)

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FACT: Marijuana users are 2.7 times more likely to abuse harder drugs.

View our one-pager, “Marijuana & Other Drugs; A Link We Can’t Ignore”

FACT: Marijuana has been shown to lower users’ pain threshold.

View our one-pager, “Marijuana, Opioids & Pain Management”