Recreational Marijuana Is Reversing the Opioid Crisis in Colorado, Study Suggests



This shouldn’t be surprising. There are thousands of strains of pot. Some of which are very helpful with the type of pain with which many opioid addicts deal.

Pot is cheap. It can be grown in one’s back yard. (Only where legal. One can still end up in the poke for growing plants in some states.) And it is a much lighter “app” than opioids.

If we can get past the Puritanism, finally, many people could be helped with legal pot. Not to mention the fact that this is supposed to be a free country anyway.

(From Big Think)

One way for states to curb the opioid crisis might be to completely legalize another drug: marijuana.

According to a report set to run in November’s edition of the American Journal of Public Health, the amount of opioid-related deaths dropped by 6.5 percent in Colorado during the two years following the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2014.

“This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado,” the researchers wrote in the report. “Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths.”

The researchers — from the University of North Texas, University of Florida and Emory University — analyzed opioid-related deaths in Colorado from the start of 2000 to the end of 2015. To determine whether it was recreational or medicinal marijuana that was potentially impacting opioid death rates, researchers compared data from Colorado with data from Nevada and Utah — states where only medicinal marijuana was legal during the time periods considered for the study.

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