The escalating opioid crisis is one of the biggest health stories in the nation. President Trump called it a "national emergency". However the Trump administration's strategy to combat the crisis does not include cannabis. Recent research suggests they should.
A recently published article concludes the following:
84% of patients who received access to medical cannabis reduced their opioid prescriptions, compared to 45% in the comparison group.
States that have accessible medical marijuana have fewer opioid-related fatalities. Studies show that patients who were seeking prescription drug treatment for a variety of ailments including pain, anxiety, and depression; among these, 63% reported that cannabis substituted for their prescription medications.
Is medical marijuana the cure to the opioid epidemic? Probably not. However, it does appear a more effective, safer alternative for many.