Cannabis Legalization in the US Reduced Demand for Opiates

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A new study shows that in the United States, in states where cannabis is permitted for medical or recreational purposes, prescriptions for opiates are lower than in the rest of the country.

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This is highlighted in a study published in the Journal of Health Economics. According to its authors, in the states that legalized cannabis for recreational use, the rate of prescriptions of opioids per year was 11.8% lower than the national average. The use of medical marijuana reduced opioid prescriptions by 4.2%.

Opioids are responsible for 200 deaths per day

In the United States, the addiction to painkillers and the overdoses it causes is still a major public health problem that the authorities are trying to put under control.

Every day, almost 200 Americans die as a result of an overdose with these painkillers. By 2017, 72,000 people will have died in the United States, more than from firearms and traffic accidents combined. A silent “epidemic” of which Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate up to 100 times more potent than heroin, is the main culprit. Since 1999, the number of deaths caused by synthetic opiates such as fentanyl has increased by 3,000 percent. And since 2016, fentanyl has become the deadliest drug to overdose on in the United States.

A sharp decline in pain medication prescriptions

However, in states that have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical purposes, prescriptions for opiates show the opposite trend from the rest of the country. To reach this conclusion, the authors of the study examined data from more than 1.5 billion individual pain relief prescriptions issued between 2011 and 2018, representing almost 90% of those issued during that period.

They found that both types of cannabis access laws (medical and recreational) significantly reduced not only the total number of days opiates were prescribed, but also the number of patients to whom providers prescribed them to.

For researchers, these results show that cannabis access laws can be a useful tool in dealing with the prescription opiates epidemic. Although state governments have adopted various policies to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions, such as prescription drug control programs, many of these policies simply limit access to opioids and can push people who already rely on prescribed opioids to more dangerous drugs like heroin.

According to them, “policies that reduce opiate prescriptions without causing individuals to switch to more dangerous drugs may be preferable to policies that simply limit opiate prescriptions. And legalizing cannabis may be an option,”said the researchers.

They also respond to concerns raised by some that marijuana may become an entry drug that will lead users to switch to harder drugs later: “In the general population, laws that allow access to marijuana for medical and recreational purposes reduce the use of opiates,” the authors say.

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References:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2676999

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