The reports come at a time when many individuals are claiming that they were able to kick their drug addictions to Oxycontin, Vicodin and other prescription painkillers by using medical marijuana. Not only do those addicted to prescription opioids make these claims, some users of heroin have said that transitioning to marijuana helped them to drop their dangerous heroin habits.
What the Research Shows
One study, which was published in the Journal of Pain, a peer-reviewed medical journal read by clinical researchers, scientists, clinicians and other health professionals throughout the country, found that chronic sufferers of pain may be able to significantly reduce their reliance on prescription painkillers by using medical pot.
Another study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal that is read by many health experts, found that the treatment of chronic pain and neuropathic pain could potentially be made easier with medical marijuana. According to JAMA researchers, states where medical marijuana is legal had far fewer painkiller OD deaths than states where marijuana is completely outlawed. The data shows that the difference between these states is significant: medical marijuana states have 25 percent less prescription opioid-related deaths than states that prohibit the use of marijuana in any form.
However, there remains very little in the way of proof that marijuana can be effective as a treatment for drug addiction. Not even the researchers who conducted the recent studies are able to definitively conclude that doctors should prescribe marijuana when trying to get drug addicts to kick their habits.
For further information, check out the Yahoo.com article, “Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller and Heroin Addiction?”
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