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Painkiller Deaths Down 25% in States That Legalized Marijuana

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One of the biggest arguments supporting the legalization of medical marijuana is that the drug can greatly help people living with chronic pain, as opposed to our current expensive and dangerous prescription medication culture.

According to Time, Americans are spending more than ever on prescription medicine with a whopping 4.3 billion prescriptions filled in 2014 at a cost of $374 billion.

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Aside from the financial damage to those who depend on prescription medication, daily and often addictive pills and painkillers are notoriously dangerous, and as of July 2014, 46 Americans overdose on them every day.

But now, legalized marijuana is changing those statistics.

As of 2015, 23 states and the District of Columbia had legalized marijuana in some form.

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This map from shows the states that have legalized marijuana both recreationally and medically.

And while the drug may still be meeting some resistance from the American populace, a new study is shedding light on the positive impacts medical marijuana has had on prescription drug dependencies.

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Published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study shows the correlation between the legality of medical marijuana and the dependency and death rates related to prescription medicine.