NORML: Study: Marijuana Legalization Laws Correlated with Reduced Opioid Prescribing Trends

Lexington, KY: The enactment of statewide marijuana legalization laws is associated with a reduction in the number of opioids prescribed and filled, according to a pair of studies published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid prescribing patterns among Medicaid enrollees nationwide. Enrollees included all Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care enrollees - a high-risk population for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose.