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Legalizing Marijuana Will Increase Our Opiate Epidemic

(New Boston Post, March 3, 2016)   We have, for some time, known that the more marijuana there is in our communities, the more opiate and heroin use rises. Now, brain science is beginning to explain why.  This new science suggests that a person who uses marijuana as a teenager may be increasing his/her risk of opiate addiction later in life. For example, a 20-year-old who takes an opiate pain killer for a skiing injury or wisdom tooth removal may be much more at risk of becoming addicted to that pain killer as a result of his or her earlier marijuana use — no matter how insignificant that earlier use may seem.  READ MORE