Why is it that in a developed nation like the United States, that represents 4 percent of the world’s population, yet consumes 99% of all hydrocodone manufactured, and consumes 86% of all oral opiate prescriptions.
A recent study released in Journal Health Affairs confirms that the use of Medical Cannabis does and can reduce the use of opiates. A father-daughter team, David, and Ashley Bradford did a study, showing that when prescriptions for opiates decreased tremendously in states where Medical Marijuana was legal.
Furthermore, the study also confirmed, according to Ashley Bradford, that people are truly using Cannabis for Medical use and not just for recreational use.
What is disconcerting is that the DEA would not move Cannabis to a schedule 3 from a schedule 1, even with this evidence that opiates are used less when Medical Cannabis is available for patients. Moreover, in the 17 states where Medical Cannabis is legal, it saved over $165 million in prescriptions written for opiates and showed that over $500 million would be saved if Medical Marijuana was legal in all 50 states.
Without question, there is mounting evidence to show that there are less opiate overdoses in legal medical marijuana states, fewer heroin overdoses, yet, the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opiates, are allowed to lobby against medical marijuana.
The evidence is right in front of us, yet, America’s physicians play right into the hands of the opiate pharmaceutical companies.
The following chart shows the decrease in prescriptions where medical cannabis is legal:
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