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Study: Medical marijuana prevents opioid ODs

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

by Wood TV 8 Grand Rapids MI

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A recent study says states with medical marijuana programs have fewer overdose deaths from opioids compared to states without such programs. The study published last month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Economics also found that states with medical marijuana programs see fewer prescriptions written for opioids compared to other states.

Michigan voters approved a medical marijuana law in 2008. Under it, people who want to use marijuana for medicinal purposes need a prescription from a doctor and state approval.