Research on Chronic Pain and Medical Cannabis

Oct 112017

The use of cannabis in response to the opioid crisis: A review of the literature - Americans for Safe Access

nursing_outlook.pngA staggering number of Americans are dying from overdoses attributed to prescription opioid medications (POMs). In response, states are creating policies related to POM harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, and alternative therapies for pain management, such as cannabis (medical marijuana). However, little is known about how the use of cannabis for pain management may be associated with POM use.

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Sep 252017

The Effects of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries on Adverse Opioid Outcomes - Americans for Safe Access

ssrn-logo.pngThis paper uses a unique marijuana dispensary dataset to exploit within- and across-state variation in dispensary openings to estimate the effect increased access to marijuana has on narcotic-related admissions to treatment facilities and drug-induced mortalities. I find that core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) with dispensary openings experience a 20 percentage point relative decrease in painkiller treatment admissions over the first two years of dispensary operations. 

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