Painkiller deaths drop by 25% in states with legalized medical marijuana

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Painkiller deaths drop by 25% in states with legalized medical marijuana

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:17 am

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A study put out by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 made an interesting discovery. In every state that had legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 (13 states in all), there was a 25% reduction in deaths related to the overdose of legally prescribed opioids.

“The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a health policy researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. She notes that the trend became visible in every state a year after the pot was legalized.

The study suggests that because patients that are experiencing chronic pain can substitute or suppliment marijuana for their pain pills, they are able to take smaller (or no) doses of the pills and are less likely to experience an overdose.

Barry says that it is “basically impossible” to die from an overdose on weed and suggests the substitution is the most likely reason for the reduction in deaths.

There is opposition, however. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House thinks it is less likely related to the marijuana substituting for pain pills, but more likely a progressive push, in general, to treat addiction. “You don’t have primary care doctors in these states [prescribing] marijuana instead of Vicodin,” he said.

He believes that states that legalize medical marijuana are also more likely to actively treat and help prevent addiction and that it is a more likely scenario for the decrease in overdose deaths.

Whatever the reason, it's great news and the prohibition of this medicinal plant is at its end, enabling further study.
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Post by Apiary Tazy » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:30 am

Someone give Dr. House some pot and fast!

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Post by spooky scary bearatons » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:49 am

Not remotely surprised.

legalise it
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Post by LOOT » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:12 pm

but you know what goes UP when using the POT

Girl Scout cookie sales

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Post by Bad Dragonite » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:48 pm

I'd like for them to legalize pot, at least medically. But I don't like how people pretend like they can't become addicted to it. I've talked to too many potheads to think that. It shouldn't be addicting but it gives you such a shot of endorphins that if you do it too much nothing else is satisfying. I got in an argument with a dozen potheads the other day on facebook (which was as silly as you think) about it when the main post was how they were craving pot to a horrible point and later started literally begging for cash to get more weed. and I haven't done a whole lot of research on it but have seen some statistics on how it can damage your brain function over a time, especially if the user is under 25, so if it's legalized for recreational use I think it should at least have the same restrictions as drinking.

In the USA though I don't like the idea of taking away state and municipal governments rights to decide on legalizing or not. Federal intervention wouldnt be the best idea.
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Post by Random User » Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:46 pm

Pot addiction is akin to gambling addiction. Both are things I feel should be legal. Just because a few can't control their urges shouldn't ruin it for the rest of us.

Besides that, legalizing, or at the very least, decriminalizing drugs is economically beneficial, and will probably lower crime rates.

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Post by X-3 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:16 pm

Why waste your time with weed when you can be enjoying the classics, like Gatsby?

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Post by spooky scary bearatons » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:19 pm

probably? It does.

[QUOTE="Vgfian, post: 1587369, member: 32425"] It shouldn't be addicting but it gives you such a shot of endorphins that if you do it too much nothing else is satisfying..[/QUOTE]

Psychological addiction to cannabis is a thing, HOWEVER, there is no links to any chemical addiction I.e nicotine.

but you do make a point I agree with, which quite frankly is madness. and thats the same restrictions as alcohol.
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Post by LOOT » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:55 pm

know what a worse addiction is

video games

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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:19 pm

I've never enjoyed weed that much.

I do love my painkillers, though.

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Post by Random User » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:26 pm

Weed is the best painkiller.

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