NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit

Researchers See Potential in Cannabis to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Our country is in the middle of an opioid epidemic.

For a decade prescriptions for painkillers soared, creating a generation of people dependent on pills.

While the nation scrambles to find replacements for pills, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit found one of the most promising alternatives is difficult to study.

That's because its marijuana, a drug the feds aren't ready to embrace.

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