4-Year Trend of Rising Opioid Deaths Reversed in Colorado After Marijuana Legalization

October 17, 2017 | Marissa Valeri

reason.pngSince legal recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado in January 2014, the state has seen a 6 percent drop in opioid deaths, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health. The drop follows 14 years of rising opioid deaths, going back to the first year for which the researchers had data.

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