Overdosing on an opioid has become one of the leading avoidable causes of death in the U.S., but recent marijuana research suggests this trend can be reversed. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of opioid overdose deaths has skyrocketed from 33,000 per year in 2018 to more than an expected 42,000 in 2018. This has captured the attention of many politicians, including President Donald J. Trump. However, there has been intense debate over how to best deal with the situation at both the state and federal level.
States With Medicinal Marijuana Have Fewer Opioid Issues
David Bradford, Ph.D. and the University of Georgia conducted a study into the effects of marijuana on opioid overdoses. The results paint a clear picture of how the nation could begin to dig itself out of the opioid crisis. In fact, states that offer doctors the ability to prescribe marijuana have 14.4 percent fewer opioid prescriptions, which has an immediate and highly notable impact on reducing overdose deaths.