“States that legalize marijuana see opioid use go down”
A substantial study done at the prestigious University of Georgia found through Medicare Part D that states with legalized cannabis had an average of 14.4 % drop from prescription opioid drug use in patients between 2010-2015 and a 7% reduction for states with home cultivation. The United States government has recently allocated billions of dollars for research on how to decrease opioid drug use. This is a substantial development showing how legal cannabis can help cure this out-of-control epidemic. Pharma drugs with opioids in them have decimated cities thatwere once burgeoning;once these drugs take ahold of someone it is like they are a full-blown heroin addict.
Personally I have seen my ex-girlfriend become addicted to Vicodin and Oxycontin and they become controlled by the drug and will do anything to get them. It is very sad and is tearing families and communities apartall over the United States and the world. The sad thing is that anyone can become a victim to this by simply going to the dentist and over-prescribing past 30 days where the patient will be addicted without realizing it. The consequence is that once they become addicted they build a tolerance and need more and more with higher doses, and it gets to the point where they literally become like zombies.
Dangerous opioid drugs include Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Morphine, Methadone and Fentanyl. Usually an addict starts with small doses and then uses stronger medications due to the tolerance factor of the drug; it wears off so as time goes on so it is a losing battle and can end in overdose. David Bradford stated in a news release, “Physicians cannot prescribe cannabis; it is still a Schedule 1 drug,” “We’re not observing that prescriptions for cannabis go up and prescriptions for opioids go down. We’re just observing what changes when medical cannabis laws are enacted, and we see big reductions in opiate use.”
There are earlier studies showing Medicare Part D records indicating a decline in other drugs used for nausea, depression and sleep disorders. According to this study $468 million could be saved by Medicare if states were to legalize cannabis. Opioid prescriptions went from 148 million in 2005 to 206 million in 2011, compared to 1999 prescription rates are three times as higher, along with deaths increasing from 14,910 in 2005 to 33,091 in 2015.