According to a study legalizing marijuana has not done any good in reducing the death rates caused due to opioid overdoses. The findings of the study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. This has come as a bad news for the cannabis industry as well as for the doctors who thought that laws favoring medical marijuana would bring down the opioid overdose death rates.
As per a 2014 study it was found that there was 25% lower death rates in states which had passed the laws on medical marijuana by the year 2010 compared to those states which did not favor medical marijuana. According to the statistics of Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, almost 47,600 US people died in 2017 from the overuse of opioid. Celsea Shover who is the lead author of the study said that it would have been great if it worked out but unfortunately it doesn’t. Shover and team made a replica of the original study however expanded the data to analyze the states where medical marijuana was legalized from 2017. Their results changed through the years and also the number of states which passes the marijuana laws also increased.
Shover said that there was a reversal in the association between the passing of law on medical cannabis and opioid overdose death rates. Shover further explained that when they had conducted the study in 2017, the death rates due to opioid overdose was higher in states which had passed the law on medical cannabis. There was a 23% increase in death rates in those states compared to those states in which medical marijuana was illegal. She said that as time passed and more data became available, a clearer view was exposed to the scientific community. Experts were however not involved in this new study.