Let science prevail on marijuana

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Let science prevail on marijuana

While it may be true that bacon is the gateway meat from vegetarian to omnivore, the myth that marijuana is a gateway to the use of substances that belong on the schedule 1 Controlled Substances List is misguided at best. The fact is: The use of marijuana can serve to eliminate the abuse of prescription drugs, OPR (Opioid Pain Relief)-related death by overdose, and OPR related hospital admissions. The reason for this is the use of cannabis for pain. Those who use marijuana for symptoms of pain will be less likely to need to use opioids for the relief of this pain.

It is helpful to remember that according to the Drug Enforcement Administration fact sheet: “No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.” In addition, according to www.HHS.gov: “Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016, more than any previous year on record. An estimated 40 percent of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.”

As StatNews.com points out in its article: “In 2014, researchers found that states with any kind of medical marijuana law had a 25 percent lower rate of death from opioid overdoses than other states … researcher Colleen Barry of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her colleagues reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. In 2010, … there were 1,729 fewer such deaths than expected in medical marijuana states.”

 

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