The battle for legalizing marijuana nationwide has been gaining steam for the last half-decade or so and we seem closer to it becoming reality than ever before. Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for a good while now and it has led to the legalization of both medicinal and recreational use in many states across the country.
One big reason why marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes is because of its natural healing characteristics. It also being used as a way to decrease the use of painkillers that has led to addiction and subsequent overdose in many cases.
According to Complex, painkiller-related deaths are down by 25 percent in states where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes. This certainly seems to be a step in the right direction.
In 2010, more than 16,000 people died from overdose on painkillers in the United States. In 2011, 55 percent of overdoes deaths were caused by prescription drugs.
It seems like now that many patients suffering from chronic pain are starting to prefer marijuana over prescription drugs.
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