Cannabis access laws reduce the use of prescription opioids.


  • The study included 1.5 billion opioid prescriptions between 2011 and 2018 were sampled
  • Cannabis access reduced
    • Total days supply of opioids prescribed 
    • Profitability for providers
    • Total number of patients receiving opioids
    • Morphine mg. equivalents 
      • 11.8% recreational access
      • 4.2% medical access


Cannabis access reduced the demand for addictive, harmful, and deadly pain-relieving prescription opioid drugs.

Source: Science Direct


  • Benjamin McMichael
  • R., R. Lawrence Van Horn
  • W. Kip Viscusi

Photo: Yash Lucid

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