In a study performed by the Department of Economics at the University of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy, researchers studied crime rates in the states of Washington and Oregon where marijuana is legal.
What researchers found, was that there was a significant decrease in the amount of rapes and property crimes in both states, after marijuana was legalized.
Not only did marijuana legalization cause a reduction it crimes, the study also showed that in the two states, the rates of drug and alcohol use decreased as marijuana consumption increased. This is an important factor for North America, which is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis. The study’s revelations allow us to predict that national legalization could significantly reduce the damage of the opioid epidemic.
People are prescribed opioids to relieve chronic pain. Opioids are known as some of the most addicting drugs in existence. For this reason, those who are prescribed opiates have an immense difficulty with stopping opiate use after it is no longer needed. Once these individuals can no longer obtain opioids from their doctor, they turn to buying them off of the street, or even worse, they turn to heroin, which is cheaper but offers the same effects.
Marijuana, on the other hand, is non-addictive and can be prescribed for pain just as opioids are in states where marijuana is illegal. If marijuana becomes legalized nationally, it is probable that it could mean the end of opioid prescriptions, preventing millions from becoming dependent on opiates.
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