Opioid Overdose Deaths Not Prevented By Medical Marijuana Laws, Research Suggests

by Billy Tarpley on June 12, 2019

ADA Morning Huddle, June 12, 2019

The Washington Post (6/10, Bernstein) reports, “Five years ago, a study of death certificate data attracted notice for suggesting that states that passed medical marijuana laws saw 25 percent fewer opioid overdose deaths on average than states that barred medical” marijuana. Following release of that study, “the cannabis industry” took up its findings “to help win passage of medical cannabis laws in more states, even as medical experts expressed skepticism.” Now, a new study conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that “states that introduced medical marijuana actually had…more deaths from opioid overdoses.”

        The AP (6/10, Johnson) reports that after analyzing “data through 2017,” investigators found that “states passing medical marijuana laws saw a 23% higher than expected rate of deaths involving prescription opioids.” The findings were published online in PNAS.

        Dental professionals can find information on the oral health effects of cannabis on an ADA Science Institute-developed Oral Health Topics page.         Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts, policies and positions on opioids at ADA.org/opioids.

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