State Advisory Council To Explore Expansion Of Texas Medical Marijuana Law

Apr 05, 2018, 01:00
State Advisory Council To Explore Expansion Of Texas Medical Marijuana Law

"It's specifically about reducing the usage part, which kind of implies cravings, so one of the items in the opiate study is essentially to head off withdrawal symptoms", Brennan said, adding that study subjects are given two pills containing 25mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil a week and then questioned for the effects.

While DeLeonardo believes Louisiana could also see a drop in opioid prescriptions as a result of legalized medical marijuana, he says it needs to be studied more. Another, focused on Colorado, suggested marijuana use helped cut the rate of opioid-related deaths. "Prescriptions for all opioids decreased by 3.742 million daily doses per year when medical cannabis dispensaries opened", they concluded. Instead, they find evidence that legalization may reduce the prescribing of opioids. The authors found that substituting street opiates with either hydromorphone or diacetylmorphine (prescription heroin) may be costlier than traditional methadone use, but in the long-run drug users were not committing as many crimes to support their habit. The other at prescriptions under Medicaid between 2011 and 2016 (meaning mostly low-income Americans). The comparison was done each quarter, so a given state without a law at one point could join the other category once a law kicked in.

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Both types of laws were linked to about a 6 percent decline in opioid prescribing, researchers reported.

Bradford and three colleagues, including his daughter, made a decision to check on whether people who can access medical marijuana are less likely to go for prescription opioids.

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Advocates are gathering signatures to get an initiative on the November ballot that would require the state to issue medical marijuana cards to adults or parents of children whose doctors recommend they use the drug.

"This longitudinal analysis of Medicare Part D found that prescriptions filled for all opioids decreased by 2.11 million daily doses per year from an average of 23.08 million daily doses per year when a state instituted any medical cannabis law". Patients in states that only allowed them to grow pot at home showed about 7 percent fewer doses.

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The advisory committee recommends the state evaluate the current use of medical marijuana in other states to identify other benefits beyond treatment for severe seizure disorders.