Opioid Prescriptions Down In States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds

Opioid Prescriptions Down In States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds

Study after study continues to show that when given a choice patients will choose marijuana over prescription opioids and, according to new research, doctors prescribe fewer opioids in states with recreational and medical cannabis laws on the books. “These laws also reduce the total days supply of opioids prescribed, the total number of patients receiving opioids, and the probability a provider prescribes any opioids,” researchers at the University of Alabama School of Law, and Vanderbilt University Law School concluded in a recent study published last week in the Journal of Health Economics. To determine how cannabis laws shape prescribing habits of physicians, the team of researchers decided to “focus on the direct link between cannabis access laws and the opioid crisis” by analyzing more than 1.5 billion opioid prescriptions between 2011 and 2018. Using statistical analysis, researchers found recreational marijuana and medical cannabis laws reduced morphine milligram equivalents—a measure of morphine equal to the opioid dose prescribed—by 11.8 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. “While the results here do not suggest that cannabis access laws are the only tool to address prescription opioid use, they do suggest that cannabis access laws could play a meaningful role in addressing the opioid epidemic.”…

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