Marijuana might be decreasing prescription drug abuse. Turns out, 24.8 percent fewer people OD on heroin in states where MMJ is legal.
According to a report from Natural News, states where MMJ has been legalized (either as medical or recreational marijuana) enjoy a 25 percent lower death rate from pharmaceutical painkiller use.
Opioids like Vicodin and Percocet have a high addictive potential, and they’re often prescribed to patients whose symptoms might be otherwise relieved through use of medical cannabis.
Not only do opioids frequently create dependent patients, but their drug class — which includes, BTW, heroin — can cause respiratory suppression, leading to death.
The stats say that prescription painkillers cause more deaths than car crashes. But the numbers are changing in progressive states that adopt other rules.
In the study, conducted between 1999 and 2010, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania took a look at how often people died after overdosing on opiates.
Their conclusion? In 13 states that let people medicate with marijuana, 24.8 percent fewer people died that way. The results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Is there anything that marijuana can’t do? I mean, seriously.