States that implemented medical marijuana laws experienced an especially notable drop in painkiller prescriptions.

In states where medical marijuana is legal, prescriptions for drugs for conditions where pot could serve as an alternative have dropped significantly, according to a recent report published in the journal Health Affairs.

One of the most stunning drops in the report was in prescriptions of painkillers, which are currently in the spotlight due to a nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction.

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