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States with medical marijuana laws saw 20 percent drop in some opioid prescriptions

States with medical marijuana laws saw 20 percent drop in some opioid prescriptions

States with active medical marijuana laws saw certain opioid prescription rates drop nearly 20 percent compared to states without medical marijuana programs, according to a first-of-its-kind study out of Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center.

Authors said the findings underscore the importance of providing patients with pain management alternatives, such as cannabis, in efforts to reduce opioid use.

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