More Medical Marijuana Could Help Cut Down On Narcotics

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Photo Credit: Michael Fischer / Pexels

A recent study has found medical marijuana can help fight the narcotics epidemic by reducing the need for pharmaceutical medications. According to the study, which looked at prescriptions filled by Medicare Part D enrollees between 2010 and 2013, prescriptions for which marijuana could serve as an appropriate substitution fell drastically. Most notable is cannabis’ ability to alleviate pain, which in turn can make a substantial dent in the need for expensive pain management medications that have the potential of producing negative side effects. In states that have legalized medical marijuana, the number of prescriptions for different medications, but most notably pain medications, have decreased.

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