Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging the CDC to look into marijuana as a possible antidote to painkiller deaths.

As unintentional painkiller deaths remain a significant concern in the United States, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have another look at medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain treatment.

In her letter, Warren urged the CDC to work with National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration “to fill the gap in our knowledge about the use, uptake and effectiveness of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain treatment in states where it is legal.”

Warren also asked the CDC to look into “the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths.”

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Ricardo Baca ~ The Cannabist ~

 

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