The on-going debate on medical marijuana is still a sensitive topic to discuss, however; more people continue to use it to treat certain ailments. In America, more states are allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat patients, but now doctors are fighting for marijuana to be used to combat the opioid epidemic as well.
In Maine, the records of deaths due to an opioid addiction is the highest in the United States. Maine is also one of the various states that allow the use of medicinal marijuana to treat patients suffering from certain diseases. Some doctors from Maine have seen that by using marijuana, their patients were also able to fight their addictions to the painkiller.
The Opioid Epidemic
Opioids are painkillers that produce morphine-like effects. According to a report from the CDC, about 63,600 deaths in America was caused by a drug overdose. Of those deaths, a majority of them were caused by an opioid addiction. In 2016, 42,429 drug overdoses were attributed to opioids.
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