420 with CNW — Emergency Hospital Visits Related to Opioids See Temporary Decline After Cannabis Is Legalized

July 21, 2021 15:25:54

Since 1999, nearly 841,000 people have died from a drug overdose, with synthetic opioids being responsible for 72.9% of these deaths. The opioid crisis has taken hundreds of thousands of lives over the past two decades, and with people becoming increasingly aware of the long-term consequences of using opioids, there has been increased interest in alternative pain relievers. Cannabis is one such alternative, and as more than 30 states have legalized it for either medical or recreational use, more people have been abandoning opioids and turning to the controversial plant for pain relief.

There were, and still are, many objections to legalizing cannabis, with one of them being that it would be a gateway to opioid use. However, a recent study has found just the opposite: states that legalize recreational cannabis markets see a decline in opioid-related emergency department (“ED”) visits…


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