Study shows legalized cannabis reduces opioid deaths

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As the battle for cannabis dispensaries continues in the United States, supporters will be happy to hear that a new study finds that cannabis dispensaries could help solve a major problem that the United States has been dealing with for quite some time.

In a new study conducted by the Economic Inquiry journal, researchers discovered that the legalization of adult-use cannabis reduced opioid overdose deaths by a staggering 21%.

According to reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, states such as Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona have been struck by the growing epidemic. All those states have seen the death toll rise as a result of opioid abuse with Georgia experiencing 769 deaths alone in 2016 due to abuse of opioids.