MaryJane Sarvis, an artist in Shaftsbury, Vt., weaned herself from the opioid painkillers she was prescribed for chronic nerve pain. “I felt tired all the time and I was still in pain,” she says. Marijuana works better for her, but costs $200 per month out-of-pocket. Emily Corwin/VPR
Recent scientific reviews have found substantial evidence that marijuana can be useful in easing at least some types of chronic pain. Yet even for the majority of Americans who live in states that have legalized medical marijuana, choosing opioids can be much cheaper.
“I can get a bottle of opioids for a dollar on my state insurance,” says MaryJane Sarvis, a textile artist in Shaftsbury, Vt. Instead, Sarvis says, she spends around $200 each month on medical marijuana.
Sarvis has permanent nerve