Could medical marijuana help opioid addicts recover?

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Fighting the opioid crisis by exploring options to help addicts recover. Supporters of medical marijuana hope that it will help opioid addicts. 

Last year, Pennsylvania became the first state to approve medical marijuana as a treatment for opioid use disorder, but there is another side to this. 

Jeff Hanley is with the statewide non-profit, Commonwealth Prevention Alliance. He says turning to marijuana is not a good idea, because at this point, the science just isn’t there. 

“Just take a couple steps back and really evaluate that and see exactly what is happening in other states that have legalized both recreational and medicinal marijuana to see exactly what’s happening, and how that ties into the opioid epidemic,” said Hanley. 

It’s true that research on marijuana is limited because it’s been classified as a controlled substance. 

If you have a loved one who needs addiction treatment, this is the number to call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

A medical professional will answer, help you get into rehab, and help you figure out how to pay for it. 

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