Key PointsQuestionWhat is the association between US state implementation of medical cannabis laws and opioid prescribing under Medicare Part D? FindingsThis 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. Prescriptions for all opioids decreased by 3.742 million daily doses per year when medical cannabis dispensaries opened. MeaningMedical cannabis policies may be one mechanism that can encourage lower prescription opioid use and serve as a harm abatement tool in the opioid crisis.
JAMA Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: May 2, 2018
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