Should pot be used for opioid withdrawal in Ohio? Doctor, recovering addict weigh in

Doctor, recovering addict question marijuana’s usefulness as treatment for addictions involving drugs such as heroin

Using marijuana to treat people addicted to opioids is an idea that appears to be gaining traction among some who helped craft Ohio’s medical marijuana law.

Even though the state is about 10 months away from launching its medical pot program, there’s already talk of expanding the list of qualifying conditions.

But as a recovering addict, Tyler Schmidt doesn’t see how such a move would help people who are trying to kick a heroin habit or stop using opioids.

“I’ve seen a lot of close friends of mine, peers of mine, that have sought an easier, softer way through marijuana,” Schmidt said. “And ultimately, I’ve seen a lot of that lead them right back to their drug of choice.”

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