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on: January 12, 2017, 08:04
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Medical marijuana reduces use of opioid pain meds, decreases risk for some with chronic pain

University of Michigan Regents News, 03/24/2016

Patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications known as opioids, a University of Michigan study finds. The 185 patients from a medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor also reported fewer side effects from their medications and a 45–percent improvement in quality of life since using cannabis to manage pain. Researchers from the U–M School of Public Health and Medical School said their results suggest that for some people, medical marijuana may be an alternative to more common prescription painkillers at a time when national health leaders are asking the medical community to cut back on prescribing drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin. "We're in the midst of an opioid epidemic and we need to figure out what to do about it," said Kevin Boehnke, lead author of the study and doctoral student in the School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences. "I'm hoping our research continues a conversation of cannabis as a potential alternative for opioids."

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