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Reader: Legal Cannabis Saved Me From Opioids!

Reader: Legal Cannabis Saved Me From Opioids!
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"Kratom, Marijuana Can Help People Kick Opioids," Addiction Expert Says"

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"Kratom Ruined My Life, User Says"

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"Drug Free America Believes Legal Weed Exploits the Opioid Epidemic"

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"Opioid Hospitalization Rates Lower in States With Legal Medical Marijuana"

But despite opposing evidence, the DFA suggests that people are losing sight of the big picture. "The marijuana lobby is pushing states to expand medical marijuana access to include opioid use disorders. The evidence that increased access to marijuana has reduced opioid overdose deaths, however, is weak and shortsighted," the DFA letter reads.

Critics of the DFA point to studies that show marijuana may play a role in declining opioid deaths in states with legal pot laws.

What do you think of the DFA letter? Do you think legalized marijuana would cut down on opioid use? Post a comment or email your thoughts to [email protected]

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