A Potential End to the Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

This week Maryland Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged the CDC to research the beneficial qualities of medical marijuana in an attempt to provide alternatives for the opioid epidemic. Warren also told the CDC to instruct physicians on the “dos and don’ts” of prescribing oxycodone, fentanyl, and other popular painkillers.

Senator Warren stressed that the CDC should “explore every opportunity and tool to work with states and other federal agencies on ways to tackle the opioid epidemic and collect information about alternative pain reliefs options,” one of those options being medical marijuana. Furthermore, she went on to ask the CDC to pool resources with other federal health agencies to investigate “the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths.”

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