A study published recently in the journal Health Affairsfound that there are significantly fewer prescription drugs being used in states with legal medical marijuana programs. These stats could play a key role in big pharma’s ongoing fight against cannabis. Ashley Bradford and W. David Bradford looked at how many prescription drugs were paid for from 2010 to 2013 as part of Medicare Part D. They found that states with legal medical cannabis use far fewer prescription drugs than states without medical marijuana.
Here’s how big the differences are:
Doctors in states with medical marijuana programs prescribed 265 less antidepressants every year than doctors in states without medical cannabis.
There were also 486 fewer seizure med prescriptions in medical marijuana states.
Doctors in medical cannabis states wrote 541 fewer anti-nausea prescriptions.
There were 562 fewer anti-anxiety prescriptions every year in medical marijuana states.
But prescription painkillers were the most dramatic of all. In states with medical marijuana, doctors prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers every year when compared to doctors in states without medical marijuana.