Addiction, Medical Marijuana

New York To Offer Medical Marijuana As Opioid Alternative Report: New York To Offer Medical Marijuana As Opioid Alternative

In 2016, the opioid death rate was 15.1 per 100,000 people, which is two percent higher than the national rate. Officials hope the change will reduce the use of prescription opioids, while State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that anyone with an opioid prescription would be eligible to use marijuana as an alternative medicine. Zucker told reporters: “So that means if an individual is taking prescription opioids, they could take medical marijuana as part of the program that were are pushing forward to hopefully come off prescription opioids as well.” Studies have found that medical cannabis can effectively treat chronic pain, without the dangerous side effects and addiction. The goal is to reduce the number of patients addicted to drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl.

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