New studies link legal marijuana to fewer opioid prescriptions under Medicaid and Medicare

NEW YORK — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests…

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Study Shows Cannabis Use Decreases Opioid Dependency Among Cancer Patients

Study Shows Cannabis Use Decreases Opioid Dependency Among Cancer Patients Interview With Sid Taubenfeld, CEO of Tikun Olam Cancer is a serious public health problem. It’s the leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 12.7 million new cases each year in the United States alone. Up to 90% of…

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Seeking opioid crisis answers at summit, Pete Sessions waged war against marijuana

Published: Feb 22, 2018, 1:18 pm • Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 1:58 pm By Jeff Caplan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram DALLAS — Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to suggest that marijuana is the gateway to…

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Medical marijuana conquered my 30-year opioid addiction, Florida man says

Published: Feb 21, 2018, 12:34 pm • Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 12:51 pm By Carol Kent Wyatt, Crestview News Bulletin Feb. 20–SUNNY HILLS — Garland Harp of Sunny Hills had a somewhat unique New Year’s Resolution this year. “I was determined to come completely off opioids,” said Harp, who has…

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Jeff Sessions: marijuana a path toward opioid addiction, patients should take aspirin for pain

Published: Feb 8, 2018, 12:24 pm • Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 12:47 pm By Denis Slattery , New York Daily News Take two aspirin and call him in the morning. Attorney General Jeff Sessions thinks the U.S. could easily combat the growing opioid crisis by taking over-the-counter medications for pain…

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Opioid Deaths Up 21% In 2016, Killing More People Than AIDS Epidemic

Opioid Deaths Up 21% In 2016, Killing More People Than AIDS Epidemic A new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed our worst fears: deaths from opioid overdoses increased 26% in 2016, translating to 63,600 lost lives. According to an article in the Washington Post, the United…

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