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Marijuana may be replacing opioid prescriptions

05 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Studies have found medical pot is effective in treating chronic pain, Bradford said.

Researchers found that Medicare patients in states with marijuana dispensaries filled prescriptions for about 14 percent fewer daily doses of opioids than those in other states.

And when states with such a law went on to also allow recreational marijuana use by adults, there was an additional drop averaging about 6 percent. One, published previous year, showed that Medicare saved about $165 million in 2013 from medical marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana could be available to patients in Louisiana by this summer.




People who use medical marijuana as an alternative pain reliever may actually dodge the dangers associated with opioid prescriptions, researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky suggest. The group says supporters have used the images of suffering patients to disguise their true aim of opening another market for their products.

Americans are increasingly misusing the nonopioid, nonaddictive painkiller gabapentin in conjunction with opioids and alcohol in areas of the USA already racked by the opioid crisis, according to a report from NBC News. A significant percentage of respondents also reported decreasing their consumption of anti-anxiety medications (72 percent), migraine-related medications (67 percent), sleep aids (65 percent), and antidepressants (38 percent). Though the study is limited in size, with only 16 subjects partaking since the start in January, Denise Brennan, the program's director, said numerous participants have experienced an increased quality of life.

"We've seen it here locally in Cumberland, Maryland where we have opioid patients that we're able to reduce their dose but again it's something that needs to be done in conjunction with the prescribing provider so that you can work out a regimen that will make the patient successful", said RX Greenhouse CEO Sajal Roy.

"I think it would be important for medical cannabis, something that is studied further". They concluded, "Cannabis can decrease the use of other prescription medicines, including opioids". They concluded, "Smoked cannabis combined with an ineffective analgesic dose of oxycodone produced analgesia comparable to an effective opioid analgesic dose without significantly increasing cannabis's abuse liability".

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