Legalised cannabis could help solve America’s opioid crisis, studies suggest

Legalised cannabis could help solve America’s opioid crisis, studies suggest

Research into medical marijuana and liberal cannabis laws may offer insights into possible solutions to a crisis that saw 17,087 people die from prescription opioid overdoes in the US in 2016.

Legalised cannabis use may help solve America’s opioid crisis, two scientific studies have suggested.

Two separate peer-reviewed studies in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found significant drops in opioid prescribing in US states that had relaxed their cannabis laws.

Both studies appear to offer insights into possible ways to solve a crisis that saw 17,087 people die from prescription opioid overdoes in the US in 2016.

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