With the rise in abuse of prescription medication and opioid-related deaths, one U.S. Senator is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to examine medical marijuana as a possible solution.
On Feb. 8, 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, wrote a letter to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, applauding the organization for combating the opioid epidemic and calling for more marijuana research to be done.
Warren is a rising star in the Democratic Party; and while her voice may not sway the debate right now, it could hold growing influence as time progresses.
Imploring Frieden to work with other government organizations, Warren hopes that the CDC will examine “the use, uptake, and effectiveness of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids” and “the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths.”
As previously reported in MJINews, a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 found that states with medical marijuana had 24.8 fewer opioid-related deaths.