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New report shows lower painkiller overdoses in states with medical marijuana

Legalization Posted Aug 26 2014

New report shows lower painkiller overdoses in states with medical marijuana

According to a recently released report from JAMA Internet Medicine, states that have legalized medical marijuana have seen a decrease in prescription pain killer overdoses. In the report, it notes that there were about 25% lower overdose deaths since the laws have been put in place.

"It can be challenging for people to control chronic pain, so I think the more options we have the better," he said. "But I think it's important, of course, to weigh the risks and benefits of medical marijuana."

Original article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/25/health/medical-marijuana-overdose-deaths/index.html

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