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Stewart Manning, Excecutive Editor

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A new study from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) has found that overdose deaths on opioid painkillers has fallen. This is a major deal because more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and the number of prescription for opiate painkillers has doubled over the last decade. As these addictive painkillers flood the general populace more and more people become addicted and overdose on these powerful drugs.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has come to label the problem as an opiate epidemic and is rapidly searching for a solution to combat the addiction and dependence on opiates. Marijuana might be the key. The Journal of Internal Medicine found that marijuana might be the non-addictive, miracle painkiller the medical community has been searching for.

Over the past 20 years’ drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death in the U.S. 55% of those deaths were due to prescription medication and 75% of those deaths were specifically caused by opiate painkillers. Interestingly opiate related deaths have dropped 33% in 13 states following the 6 years after medical marijuana was legalized

The fact that marijuana could potentially save thousands of lives, and simultaneously cure chronic pain will only push medical marijuana into more states as lawmakers struggle to deal with the opiate menace currently plaguing America

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