Treating addicts is not an easy task for doctors, and yet thousands of doctors around the world continue to prescribe opioids to patients. The pharmaceutical industry heavily relies on opioids because it has large profit in the United States, which means that the opioid epidemic can only be stopped is if another drug with the same treatment power as opioids, without the high risk of addiction. Researchers have been looking into the idea of harm reduction using medical cannabis to help with patients manage their opioid cravings. By replacing opioids with another drug like cannabis within the pharmaceutical industry, it would ensure that the industry still profits and that the patients are less likely to have their lives ruins by prescription opioid use. The legalization of medical marijuana in the United States could stop the opioid crisis in its tracks by lowering the number of innocent people killed due to overdose by gradually replacing prescription opioids with medical cannabis and using it as a harm reduction strategy for opioid dependents.
The opioid crisis has been killing tens of thousands of people each year, and yet very little is being done to decrease the damage opioid use causes. Over the past few decades, there has been a changing consensus surrounding drug use. With more technology and resources than ever before, the United States is more than capable of making significant progress with modern medicine prescription. But opioids have been used and abused to decades, and the pharmaceutical industry does not seem to be interested in finding a new drug to replace addictive opioids. The pharmaceutical industry benefits from opioid use, since it is incredibly effective at treating pain and it is widely studied. Researchers have been attempting to test drugs like marijuana and many of these tests hold promising results against the same diseases where opioids are often used. Unfortunately, there is very little funding from the United State’s government to allow researchers to gather more data. If more funding from the government was going to research, then medical marijuana can be considered a realistic option as a type of pain treatment that would replace marijuana in the pharmaceutical industry.