Cannabis tapped to relieve opioid withdrawal

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Newsrooms across the commonwealth have spent years documenting the opioid crisis in their own communities. But now, in the special project State of Emergency: Searching for Solutions to Pennsylvania’s Opioids Crisis, we are marshalling resources to spotlight what Pennsylvanians are doing to try to reverse the soaring number of overdose deaths.

WITF is releasing more than 60 stories, videos and photos throughout July. This week, you will find stories about police intervention, courts and treatment.



The treatment of opioid withdrawal has joined the state Health Department’s list of approved uses for medical marijuana.

Its potential as a tool in weaning addicts from drug addiction was explored during a public forum at the East Stroudsburg University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“There’s an evolving body of evidence that would suggest that you can heal the brain using

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