Using Marijuana to Treat Opioid Addiction

 Using Marijuana to Treat Opioid Addiction

The Fix, a website dedicated to addiction and recovery, offers this compelling statement, “When I’m on marijuana, the thought of injecting toxic drugs into my body seems totally unhealthy and unappealing.”

The comment from writer Elizabeth Brico appeared in an account of how medical marijuana has helped Brico “erase” cravings for heroin and opioid addiction. Pennsylvania is the only state that has approved medical marijuana to treat opioid dependency, though other states are exploring opportunities. We hope Colorado and other legal marijuana states move quickly to provide access to medical marijuana for opioid addiction treatment. It is a matter of life and death.

While we still need more research on the subject, anecdotal evidence and initial studies are astonishing. States with medical cannabis laws saw 2.21 million fewer daily doses of opioids. Legal marijuana states saw a nearly 6 percent drop in opioid prescriptions. In Minnesota, 63 percent reported reduced or eliminated opioid usage after six months of being in the medical marijuana program.

As Brico writes of her own experience, “It’s high time we stop demonizing people in opioid recovery who choose to live a meaningful life that includes marijuana.”

Read more of Brico’s account here.

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus served as the Senior Statehouse Reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette where he co-launched ColoradoPolitics.com, covering politics, the governor’s office, the Colorado Legislature, Congress, and federal, state and local governments. He joined in November 2016 from The Durango Herald. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the top state-based political and legislative reporters in the nation. He also has won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association. In prior positions, Marcus worked for the Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly, and The Denver Daily News, a former free daily newspaper in Denver, where he covered City Hall, politics, and had an entertainment column. Before that, Marcus worked for the Longmont Times-Call. An Ithaca College graduate, Marcus studied journalism and creative writing, before moving to Colorado from New York in 2004.

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