Real-time N.H. traffic updates
Embed Code Copied

Apr 26, 2016 1:51 PM

Could marijuana help treat painkiller, heroin addiction? NH lawmakers intrigued

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates.

Some are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.

It's a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis. But there's a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction.

Advocates for medical marijuana argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea.

But the research falls short of concluding marijuana helps wean people off opioid painkillers and heroin. And many medical professionals say it's not enough for them to confidently prescribe it.

--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

--

»Comments

Concord, NH
Broken Clouds 38°
6pm 36°
7pm 35°
8pm 34°
9pm 35°

 

N.H. DollarSaver

 

 

 

NH1 on Facebook

Download NH1 App

NH1 on Twitter

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome