Opioid deaths climbed 23% in states which introduced MED laws between 2010 and 2017, according to a new study. It dampened hope after A previous study conducted with the same methods had found opioid deaths decreased in states which introduced MED laws between 1999 and 2010.
- The earlier study primarilylooked at primarily Western states where the opioid epidemic has not been as devastating as in Appalachia and the Northeast.
- The crisis has also deepened in recent years as more opioid users turn from prescription drugs to heroin and fentanyl.
- An AP analysis found REC legalization devastates existing MED programs.