A recent study by a Boston University School of Medicine postdoctoral scholar found that daily marijuana users were no more prone to healthcare services than non users of the drug. The author, Daniel Foster, MD took a study of 589 adults who screened positive for drug use at their normal primary care visit. They were then asked about their overall health, drug use, emergency room use and other health issues. The study found that people who used marijuana were no more likely to need health care services than those who didn’t use it. You can read the full press release here – http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/bumc-nda092313.php
With the walls of prohibition slowly falling down, it’s great to see bona-fide medical research on the topic of cannabis use. With health care a looming issue in the US, would the legalization of marijuana add more to the overall health care costs? A cost this country does not need. The medical research shows people who use daily add no more costs to the healthcare system.