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Marijuana Users Took More Opioids After Injury, Study Finds

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Friday, April 12, 2019 | 739 | 0 | 51 min read

While marijuana is increasingly being viewed as an alternative to opioids for pain patients, new research suggests the interplay between opioids and pot can be complicated. A study published in the December issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that use of marijuana during recovery from a musculoskeletal injury increased the amount of opioids prescribed, as well as the duration of opioid prescribing. The study included 500 patients with a traumatic musculoskeletal injuries who were evaluated one to six months after trauma. The patients were asked to complete a survey abou...

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