Cannabis can help combat opioid epidemic, studies show – The Spokesman

On any given day, about 115 Americans will die from an opioid overdose. That number is startling, all the more so because opioid addiction in this country has been getting worse over the past few years as pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have grown in popularity.

It’s a problem that is quickly moving toward being a $100 billion per year issue for the United States, and, the problem screams for a solution.

Cannabis and Opioids

There is increasing evidence that the next frontier in combatting the opioid epidemic is cannabis. In 2018 New Jersey was first to turn to cannabis to fight opioid withdrawal, with Pennsylvania a close second.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine approved the sale of cannabis flower, the traditional smokable or vaporized form of the plant, for use in dealing with the opioid epidemic.

“It’s another tool,” Levine said. “The whole ideal of

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