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Medical marijuana could help decrease overdoses
Medical marijuana could help decrease overdoses

In the article "Overdose patients repeatedly end up in hospital" (Dec. 30), The Sun highlighted a number of strategies to deal with epidemic problem of narcotic abuse. Not mentioned, however, is an article from the August 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Significantly it pointed out that "states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate." This is not surprising to Maryland legislators who voted in an overwhelming bi-partisan manner to pass comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in 2014. In bill hearings, we heard from many citizens with chronic pain who testified that responsible minimal...