Colorado’s Legal Marijuana Use Has Been Shown to Decrease Opioid-Related Deaths!

Decrease Opioid-Related Deaths
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Prescription opioid abuse has been a problem across the country, but when Colorado legalized recreational marijuana many asked, “How will this help with the current opioid overdose rate?” Well, a new study performed on Colorado’s legal marijuana market has shown that since 2014, when recreational marijuana was legalized, there has been a steady decrease in opioid overdose deaths.

Officials in Colorado are skeptical because the results could be a cause of something else, other than legal recreational and medical marijuana.

While this may all seem like good news, Robert Valuck, a coordinator at the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, states that heroin caused deaths have still been rising across the Western State of Colorado. This could mean that legal marijuana is not actually helping the epidemic, rather it is just a large-scale switch from prescription opioids to heroin, a more lethal substance.

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