Well, here's another excuse, Mad.In States With Medical Marijuana, Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%
“The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a health policy researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The shift showed up quite quickly and become visible the year after medical marijuana was accepted in each state, she told Newsweek.
And then ya gotta go out there and find an opposing view.
Not so fast, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House, a national nonprofit addiction treatment agency. He said that the immediate reduction in overdose deaths is extremely unlikely to be due to the substitute use of the herb, for one simple reason: Marijuana isn’t widely prescribed for chronic pain.
No word on whether marijuana might be prescribed, to the same person, for something other than chronic pain.
But I like the rest of his argument.
States that pass progressive laws to treat addiction may be more likely to lower their rates of overdose deaths; for political reasons these states may also be more likely to legalize medical marijuana.
States that pass medical pot laws also just happen to be better at preventing painkiller overdoses. This shows up in the stats right after the medical pot laws kick in.
I'm not clear on what is meant by "for political reasons these states may also be more likely to legalize medical marijuana" though. What political reasons are we talking about? Are they the same ones that cause fewer fatal ODs?