States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana See Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

It's no secret that medical marijuana offers patients a natural option for easing pain symptoms at times as effectively as traditional pharmaceutical medications without the harmful and severe side effects. States that have legalized medical marijuana have seen a drop in opioid prescription overdoses by 25%. Some say it could be coincidence, but it could also be due to the numbers of pain patients opting for medical marijuana over prescription medications as it becomes readily available. 

In today's world, deaths from pharmaceuticals have tripled since the 1990's, with 46 people dying from overdose on a daily basis in the United States alone. The possibility for medical marijuana to reduce the deaths associated with prescription medications is welcomed news. Some researchers hypothesize the significant drop in opioid mortality in legalized mmj states is due to the fact patients are able to use medical cannabis in place of or in conjunction with their current painkillers, allowing them to decrease their opioid dose or eliminate its use and therefore reduce the likelihood of a fatal accident.

This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.