The Opioid Epidemic Of The United States

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The opioid epidemic has been an issue that the United States has struggled with since the early 1900’s. Opioids are drugs commonly used in medical practice to relieve pain. Before the knowledge we have currently on opioids, opioids were an essential in curing a range of symptoms; from relieving pain to being used as cough suppressants. Today, the war on opioids is at an all time high. In 2014, 14 thousand people died from an opioid overdose. In CNN’s article, Opioid History: From “wonder drug” to abuse epidemic,” Sonia Mogha quotes Dr. Tom Fieden, “We know of no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition that kills patients so frequently.” Due to the intensity on the war against opioids a need for an alternative to pain treatment is needed. A current alternative that is being debated, is the legalizing of marijuana and medical marijuana across the United States to combat the opioid epidemic. Can medical marijuana provide the solution to reducing the overdoses of opioids in the United States? In Huffington Post’s article, “Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis,” the author Chris D’Angelo’s solution to the current war against opioids is legalizing marijuana. Chris D’Angelo is an associate editor for the Huffington Post located in Hawaii, he covers a wide range of topics and in this article he provides research to why marijuana can aid in the opioid epidemic. D’Angelo presents the results of a research study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of

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