The opioid epidemic is at an all-time high in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 500,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid from 1999 – 2019.
The first wave of the epidemic began in the 1990s with the over-prescribing of prescription opioids. The second wave began in the 2010s when users started to turn to heroin instead of pharmaceutical opioids due to tighter legal regulations and thus a decrease in supply. The last wave of the epidemic began in 2013 with the illicit manufacturing of fentanyl. The third wave is especially dangerous as fentanyl can be found in numerous substances, including cocaine, counterfeit pills, and heroin.
The good news is there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel of opioid addiction. Medical cannabis can help! People have been using medical cannabis for pain since ancient times, and it has been available as a pain treatment since California first legalized medical marijuana in 1996.
According to NORML, “cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, opioid-related drug treatment admissions, and opioid-related overdose deaths.”
In the first six years after medical cannabis was legalized, research shows that opioid-related deaths decreased in 13 states by roughly 33%.
Medical cannabis not only treats chronic pain but also the depression and anxiety often associated with it. Many opioid users are able to greatly reduce their opioid medications, and some are able to stop them completely.
Go the natural route. Try cannabis for pain and see how your life feels free of pharmaceuticals. Call Affordable Marijuana License at 904-586-0041 and let us treat your pain and help you overcome your opioid addiction today!
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