Citing national concerns about opioid abuse, Senator Elizabeth Warren has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider legal marijuana as a possible alternative to prescription painkillers. In a letter to the CDC director, Thomas Friedan, Warren asked for more research on marijuana and its potential to curtail opioid addiction.

The Massachusetts senator applauded the CDC’s steps to curb the epidemic but also urged the agency to finalize its guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain and to do it quickly.

Read more at The Guardian

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