States That Allow Marijuana Dispensaries See Fewer Prescription Pill Overdoses

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New study shows, marijuana dispensaries save lives

Within the past 15 years, America's problem with prescription painkillers has reached an all-time high. There has been a tremendous sale in prescription pills and the number of people each year who die from the abuse of them.

According to the Center for Disease Control:

More than 16,000 people fatally overdosed on prescription painkillers in 2013, accounting for 60% of all overdose deaths.

So what do marijuana dispensaries have to do with this issue?

A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that easily accessible marijuana can curb the amount of prescription pill overdoses.

According to MSNBC:

"For the study, researchers from the RAND Corporation and the University of California-Irvine (UCI) examined whether, in the years following legalization, states that legalized marijuana had experienced reductions in fatal overdoses and addiction treatment center admissions relating to opioid abuse. The researchers found that these states experienced significant reductions in both measures of opioid misuse — but only if they had also legalized marijuana dispensaries."

In the years following legalization the studied showed that states that legalized marijuana had experienced reductions in fatal opiate over doses. he researchers found that these states experienced significant reductions in both measures of opioid misuse — but only if they had also legalized marijuana dispensaries.

Of course chronic marijuana use is not without potential harms. Although research has been limited because of government restrictions, at least some studies have found that such use can contribute to memory loss and amotivational disorder. But no one has ever died from smoking too much weed. And if opening dispensaries leads to and end to America's horrible prescription problem... well that doesn't sound like such a bad idea.

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