MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Prescription painkiller addiction is a growing problem in Minnesota and across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control says between 14,000 and 16,000 people die every year as a result of their addictions. Those addictions also often lead to heroin use.
Here in Minnesota, 342 people have died from heroin overdoses since 2000.
But now medical researchers think they’ve found a new way to help break the addiction. It’s by using medical marijuana.
“People often die of opiates, and opiates are highly addictive. Those are two things, two characteristics, that cannabis does not have as a medicine,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, the CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions.