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Can Medical Marijunana Reduce Prescription Overdose Deaths?

October 23, 20159 min
Medical marijuana is shown to have painkilling properties without the harmful side effects of typical prescription pain killers.Within the past few years, medical marijuana has been made legal in several states.Research has shown the benefits of medical marijuana among cancer and chronic pain patients, and now more research is showing that medical marijuana can help lower the amount of prescription overdose deaths.In fact, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in states where medical marijuana is legal, the number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana is illegal.What else did this research find?Listen in as senior author of this study, Dr. Colleen Barry, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss medical marijuana and how it can help lower prescription overdose deaths.

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