Patients and Caregivers Report Using Medical Marijuana to Decrease Prescription Narcotics Use —By David C. Peters II

Wayne State University School of Medicine


«The central claim of this paper is that medical marijuana patients consistently report that greater consumption of marijuana is associated with less consumption of opiates. The claim that marijuana is used to substitute for narcotics and other drugs has been recently supported by a survey of over 400 dispensary patients in California which found 41% of patients report substituting marijuana for alcohol and 68% report substituting marijuana for prescription drugs (Lucas et al., 2012). The present study is the first report of interview data in support of these findings.»