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Colorado study links marijuana legalization to decline in fatal opioid overdoses

On average, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Marijuana has not led to one officially recorded overdose. And the study indicates it may actually have a hand in preventing them.

The study set out to find if there is a correlation in opioid-related deaths and legalization of cannabis. Researchers looked at opioid-related deaths in Colorado between 2000 and 2015, giving them data on such deaths before and after the state began recreational marijuana sales in 2014. They found a 6 percent drop overall in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the two years following legalization. Not only that, but the lower number of such deaths in 2014 and 2015 reversed an upward trend that had progressed every year since 2000.​

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Colorado Study Links Marijuana Legalization to Decline In Fatal Opioid Overdoses
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