Two local dispensaries say medical marijuana is making progress during opioid crisis

Recent studies have shown a dramatic drop in daily opioid use in Pennsylvania and other states where medical marijuana is legal

Paul Kurtz
October 02, 2018 - 3:49 pm
CrescoLabs' anti-opioid campaign at Headhouse features a vending machine that disperses free plastic pill bottles containing an anti-opioid message inside.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Medical marijuana companies appear to be making inroads in their efforts to convince prescription opioid users to try their safer alternative. 

Recent studies have shown a drop in daily opioid use in Pennsylvania and other states where medical marijuana is legal. Chris Visco has witnessed the shift at the three suburban dispensaries she owns, and she says the results have been dramatic.

"We've been open since February and I would say a good 25 percent of our patients have been able to get off opioids so far," said Visco.

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In an effort to reel in more converts, Trent Hartley, owner of western Pennsylvania-based medical marijuana company CrescoLabs, has launched a multi-state anti-opioid campaign. 

"There's 60,000 patients in the state of Pennsylvania right now. We have a thousand doctors lined up also," said Hartley.
 
The campaign was made possible this past summer after the Health Department Pennsylvania added opioid addiction to an expanded list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.