How Could a Medical Cannabis Program Help Tennessee?
One striking chart shows why pharmaceutical companies are fighting legal marijuana. This chart also shows how much medical cannabis helps the people in states with medical cannabis programs in place.
A new study provides clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdose rates.
The study found that in the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.
But most strikingly, the typical physician in a medical-marijuana state prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year. This is certainly very important information for Tennessee, as it is currently gripped in an opioid epidemic.
A viable medical cannabis program in Tennessee would also help Tenncare save a significant amount of taxpayers money on prescription costs based on the savings of other states.