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Bend Bulletin quoted Mireille Jacobson of the USC Leonard Davis School on opioid overdoses. Jacobson said that, while cannabis may help chronic pain patients reduce the amount of prescription opioids needed to control their pain, increasing access isn’t likely to make a large dent in overdose rates.

“You can’t ignore that, but at the same time I don’t think it’s the solution to the opioid epidemic,” she said. “I really think that’s a very small piece of the puzzle.”

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