Opioid Deaths Plummeting in States with Legal Weed

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by James Holbrooks

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to lament what he views as a blight on society, a new study is showing that states with medical marijuana programs are seeing drastic reductions in opioid-related hospitalizations and overdoses.

From a Reuters article published Tuesday:

“In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.

“Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medical purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average.”

The study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, was authored by Yuyan Shi, a public health professor at the University of California in San Diego. According to Reuters, Shi’s study is the fifth in recent years to demonstrate declines in opioid dependence in states where medical weed is legal.

Intrigued by the data, Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency medicine professor at Oregon Health and Science University, spoke to Reuters via email.

It is becoming increasingly clear that battling the opioid epidemic will require a multi-pronged approach and a good deal of creativity,” Choo, who was not involved in the study, said. Could increased liberalization of marijuana be part of the solution? It seems plausible.”

One 2014 study showed opioid deaths dropped an average of 25 percent in states where medical marijuana is permitted, and data released just a month ago suggests that given the choice, many patients prefer weed over opioids as a painkiller.

The news of this latest study comes as a congressional committee announced it is opening an investigation into the pharmaceutical manufacturers of the nation’s five top-selling opioid products.

According to a statement released by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, the investigation — to be headed by Senator Claire McCaskill (D) — will explore whether pharmaceutical corporations have contributed to opioid over-utilization and overprescription.”

The investigation will purportedly be a wide-ranging one and will also include the marketing side of the industry. A recent report from the Associated Press, for instance, found makers of opioid painkillers outspend the gun lobby on campaign contributions and lobbying by a ratio of eight to one.

All of this didn’t happen overnight,” McCaskill said of the opioid epidemic sweeping the United States. [I]t happened one prescription and marketing program at a time.”

However, neither the mounting evidence of the medicinal uses for marijuana — nor calls from those within Trump’s own government to look into the true causes of the opioid epidemic — have seemed to sway the president’s top cop. Just last week, Jeff Sessions doubled down on his stance that marijuana is nothing short of a danger to society.

I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana,” he said, so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another.”

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  • Mad Lou

    Uh-oh. You mean the military terrorists who illegally invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban stopped the poppy growing are gonna make weed illegal again?

    See, sheep, heroin is at an all-time high since we ‘invaded’ Afghanistan. Why do you think they call Bush Sr. ‘Poppy?’ It is because he and his family and the CIA and the Jewbies control the heroin trade. Taliban stopped production of it, so we invaded. Bin laden? Shit, he was Tim Osman of the CIA. He was our friend, until he died 3 months after 9-11. Nope, Barry Gay Kenyan Obama never killed Osama. Just another lie in a hugely long list of lies.

    Marijuana never killed anybody. Ever. Well, except for the military terrorists and the police terrorists who murdered people for selling a plant.

    ‘Merica. Land of the Sheep, Home of the Slave.

    • Well Said!

    • On the other hand, Pat Tillman was killed because he was offended by being deployed to protect the poppies and wrote home to tell mom that he was going to expose the scam after his hitch was up, which was ended by three rounds of friendly fire in his forehead. He would have been doing well in the NFL if he’d hadn’t wanted to serve his government…

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    • straight shooter

      One hundred percent correct on all counts.

  • David

    Sessions talks Big & carries a little stick. Sessions knows there isn’t any money in the Government budget to Exhume from the grave Ron & Nancy’s failed war on drugs.

  • Pierce

    It would be interesting to know the rates of drunk-driving in legalized states. I would bet that will go down too.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      It has. Don’t have the numbers handy, but I recall that it exceeds 10%.

  • Tatiana Covington

    How about just avoiding both pot and opioids completely?