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Annual Number of Daily Doses Prescribed Per Physician

Cannabit: Annual Number of Daily Doses Prescribed Per Physician / 02192017

  • Preliminary research suggests that pain patients in medical cannabis states use 11% fewer opioids.
  • Average number of pain reliever doses in medical states was nearly 96,000 in non-medical cannabis states compared to 85,000 in medical states.
  • Nationwide, prescriptions of opioid pain relievers jumped 272% in 22 years, from 76 million in 1991 to 207 million in 2013.
  • The three most commonly prescribed pain medications covered through Medicare (i.e., OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl) cost the government $1.96 billion.
  • If medical cannabis was available nationally, the decreased Medicare expenditures on those three drugs alone would result in $220 million in savings for American taxpayers.