Opioid deaths in Colorado fell more than 6 percent after marijuana legalization
(KUTV) Colorado’s trend of increasing opiate overdose deaths reversed and dropped when the state legalized marijuana for recreation, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.
“Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths,” the study said. It urged further study, especially in states with legal recreational cannabis.
The Washington Post shows prior links to marijuana reducing opioid deaths, but this study is one of the first to document results with recreational marijuana.
Results. Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado.
Colorado has only two full years to study since it legalized recreational weed in 2014. Opioid deaths and addiction is a growing problem across the U.S., including synthetic opioids.
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