With the opioid overdose epidemic gripping the nation, more and more drug companies are aggressively trying to develop alternative treatments for pain. One particular possibility has both drugmakers and patients excited – marijuana-based painkillers.
In the U.S., health experts estimate over 100 million people are addicted to some form of prescription painkiller or illegal opioid like heroin. Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed nearly 33,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2015, and the number is expected to increase. Also that same year, heroin deaths surpassed the number of gun-related fatalities for the first time ever.