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Study: In Colorado, Opioid Related Deaths Dropped After Marijuana Was Legalized

In Colorado, opioid-related deaths dropped 6.5% after marijuana was legalized according to Denver ABC 7. (Pixabay/public domain)

In Colorado, opioid-related deaths dropped 6.5% after marijuana was legalized according to Denver ABC 7.

Opioid-related deaths have fell by more than 6 percent in Colorado in the two years after the state started selling recreational marijuana, according to new research published in November’s edition of the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers who conducted the study found the 6.5-percent reduction represented “a reversal of” a 14-year increasing trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado since 2000.

Scientists warn that more studies are needed since this area of research is relatively new. However, researchers from the University of Michigan have spotted a correlation between using medical marijuana to manage pain and an associated drop in opioid use.

Several studies have shown that medical marijuana has been beneficial to opioid users. A study published last year by researchers at the University of Michigan found chronic pain sufferers who used cannabis saw a 64-percent drop in opioid use.

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