Could Medical Marijuana Alleviate the State’s Drug Epidemic?

Consider this counterintuitive fact: One reason overdose deaths in Massachusetts have shot up 50 percent in the past few years is that the crackdown on prescription opioids has worked extremely well.

It has become a lot harder for users to get those drugs but that doesn’t mean they all sought treatment or were suddenly freed of their addiction. Rather, the evidence suggests that many turned to heroin, which is even deadlier.

Here’s one approach that’s rarely discussed but seems to curb abuse of prescription opioids — without the risk of driving users to heroin: Increase access to medical marijuana.

Are we fighting a prescription opioid crisis or a heroin crisis?

– Read the entire article at The Boston Globe.