State Advisory Council To Explore Expansion Of Texas Medical Marijuana Law

Medical Marijuana May Lead to Fewer Opioid Rxs

Although medical marijuana shouldn't be considered the primary treatment for chronic pain, it could be something that people turn to as a backup if they are battling opioid addiction, according to researchers.

The second team of researchers from the University of Kentucky looked at opioid prescriptions covered by Medicaid between 2011 and 2016, and found that opioid prescriptions decreased by 5.88% in states that allowed the use of medicinal or recreational marijuana.

They also recommend the legislature provide state protections for traveling families authorized to use of medical marijuana in other states.

A state advisory council says when lawmakers assemble for the 2019 legislative session, they should expand Texas medical marijuana policy to include more medical conditions and elements of the plant.

Bradford and three colleagues, including his daughter, made a decision to check on whether people who can access medical marijuana are less likely to go for prescription opioids.

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Minnesota's findings are hardly unique.

Agency leaders have said their proposed changes will address some concerns raised about the initial rules, including one that would allow medical marijuana providers up to 50 square feet of growing space for every patient they serve.

"We've seen it here locally in Cumberland, Maryland where we have opioid patients that we're able to reduce their dose but again it's something that needs to be done in conjunction with the prescribing provider so that you can work out a regimen that will make the patient successful", said RX Greenhouse CEO Sajal Roy.

Americans are increasingly misusing the nonopioid, nonaddictive painkiller gabapentin in conjunction with opioids and alcohol in areas of the US already racked by the opioid crisis, according to a report from NBC News.

"I think it would be important for medical cannabis, something that is studied further". In the first study, which assessed cannabis use among the elderly, investigators reported that over 18 percent of the study's participants "stopped using opioid analgesics or reduced their dose". That's about 39 fewer prescriptions per 1,000 people using Medicaid. One of those research projects at McMaster University has looked into how cannabis can be used as an "exit drug" for nearly 1,400 opioid users.

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