Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t curb opioid overdose deaths, study says

More Americans are turning to marijuana to treat health issues, but if you think legalizing medical weed will shrink the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States, think again.

Lawmakers and marijuana advocates have argued that legalizing weed to manage chronic paid can help reduce opioid addiction, but researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine say there doesn’t appear to be any connection between medical cannabis and opioid overdoses.

“If you think opening a bunch of dispensaries is going to reduce opioid deaths, you’ll be disappointed,” the study’s senior author, Dr. Keith Humphreys, said in a statement. “We don’t think cannabis is killing people, but we don’t think it’s saving people.”

Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe pain. More than 130 people in the U.S. die every day from opioid overdoses, with about 47,000 people dying in 2017, ... read more at: