Monday, September 10, 2018
The current (September 2018) issue of JAMA Internal Medicine has three very short pieces (a comment and two replies) discussing and debating research concerning the connection between marijuana reforms and opioid overdose deaths:
Opioid Death Rate Acceleration in Jurisdictions Legalizing Marijuana Use by Archie Bleyer, MD; Brian Barnes, CSWA, MAC, CADC III
The first of these pieces asserts that the "opioid crisis appears to be worsening where marijuana has been legalized, despite fewer opioid prescriptions, and as such, constitutes evidence for the gateway hypothesis and against the marijuana protection hypothesis." The other two pieces sharply take issue with the claims for the first one.