Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Politics and International Relations
Thomas P. Kim
© 2017 Melanie Biles
Opioid addiction has reached an all-time high in America, partially because there is no federally approved, affordable, available alternative for chronic pain. This paper examines the role of medical cannabis in the opioid crisis by exploring the effect of medical cannabis laws on opioid prescription rates in an OLS regression. I found that medical cannabis laws produce a statistically significant decrease in opioid prescription rates. I discuss the specific policy components that would allow medical cannabis policy to be most effective nationwide.
Biles, Melanie, "High Time for a Replacement: Medical Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid Analgesics" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1153.
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