Studies Suggest Marijuana Legalization Linked to Lower Rates of Opiate Prescribing

The studies are the latest in a long line of research showing that marijuana availability is associated with reductions in opiate use and misuse.

Two studies published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine find that the availability of medical and recreational marijuana is linked to lower rates of opiate prescribing.

In the first study, Hefei Wen of the University of Kentucky and Jason Hockenberry of Emory University found that the passage of medical and recreational marijuana laws were followed by reductions in Medicaid opiate prescription rates of 5.88 per cent and 6.38 per cent, respectively.

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