The studies are the latest in a long line of research showing that marijuana availability is associated with reductions in opiate use and misuse.
Twenty-nine states recognize the legal use of medical marijuana by statute, and an additional 16 states have approved access to compounds in the cannabis plant, such as cannabidiol, to treat specific conditions such as uncontrolled epilepsy.
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.
With nearly half of the country having already legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes, physicians prescribing opioids for pain management have another alternative at their disposal.
Middle-aged American women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at 'skyrocketing' rates, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the US, surpassing automobile accidents, but a new study suggests that distributing naloxone to opioid drug users could reduce the death toll in a cost-effective manner. The study was published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.