Cannabis Use Appears to Encourage, Not Replace, Non-medical Opioid Use

People in the U.S. may not be substituting cannabis for opioids contrary to some claims, according to new research at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The research, published in the scientific journal Addiction, examined the direction and strength of association between cannabis and opioid use over 90 consecutive days among adults who used non-medical opioids. The findings showed that opioid use was at least as prevalent on days when cannabis was used as on days when it was not, and that this was irrespective whether participants were experiencing pain or not.

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