By David Robinson
Some states allowing medical marijuana and recreational pot saw declines in opioid prescribing as authorities pushed urgent efforts to combat the historic American drug crisis.
Medicaid patients, for example, are getting about 5.9 percent fewer prescription painkillers in medical marijuana states. Further, the opioid prescription declines are deeper where recreational pot is allowed, down nearly 6.4 percent, according to the Albany-based Rockefeller Institute of Government.
“Policymakers and activists are grappling with how to best address the problem, but are often stymied by budget constraints and a lack of evidence as to what actually works,” said report author Heather Trela, referring to opioid addiction.
“Recent research, however, has found that legal access to marijuana may be a potential tool for addressing the opioid crisis,” she said.
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