More Senior Citizens Are Using Medical Marijuana Over Opioids

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Support for cannabis has been gradually building up steam over the 21st century, and recent polls now report that 64% of Americans support legal weed. Even among the country’s senior citizens — a demographic that used to strongly oppose pot — admitted use of the drug has skyrocketed. New research studies have found that while adult use of cannabis has been increasing at a modest rate since the 1980s, the prevalence of pot use among seniors has grown substantially. One of the main factors supporting this increase may be the wider availability of medical marijuana, which has proven to be an effective replacement for addictive opioid medications.

In a study recently published in the medical journal Addiction, investigators from the Alcohol Research Group examined data from seven National Alcohol Surveys conducted between 1984 to

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