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Sun Sep 18, 2016, 07:13 AM

 

Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis, New Study Suggests

Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis, New Study Suggests
In 2014, more than 14,000 people ― nearly 40 per day ― died from overdoses of prescribed opiates.
09/17/2016 04:34 pm ET Chris D’Angelo Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii

The United States is currently facing an epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse. Since 1999, opioid prescriptions and sales have quadrupled in the United States, a boom that the CDC said has “helped create and fuel” the current opioid abuse crisis. In 2014 alone, more than 14,000 people ― nearly 40 per day ― died from overdoses of prescribed opiates.

The Columbia study adds to a growing body of evidence showing cannabis can be an effective, alternative treatment for pain relief.

A 2014 study, for example, found that states with medical marijuana had fewer prescription painkiller overdose deaths than those without. And in July, researchers documented that states with medical marijuana saw a drop in prescription drugs, saving an estimated $165.2 million in Medicare costs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/medical-marijuana-curb-opioid-use_us_57dc610ce4b0071a6e0799f8?section=&

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workinclasszero Sep 2016 OP
greymattermom Sep 2016 #1
wildeyed Sep 2016 #2
beveeheart Sep 2016 #3
Warpy Sep 2016 #7
Warren DeMontague Sep 2016 #9
AllyCat Sep 2016 #4
SammyWinstonJack Sep 2016 #6
Crunchy Frog Sep 2016 #12
AllyCat Sep 2016 #14
Crunchy Frog Sep 2016 #15
Wounded Bear Sep 2016 #5
Orrex Sep 2016 #8
FrodosPet Sep 2016 #11
Crunchy Frog Sep 2016 #13
Are_grits_groceries Sep 2016 #10

Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 07:26 AM

1. People forget

that both are plant compounds, but one is controlled by Pharma. The anandamide system is finally being studied, but as soon as cannabis is taken off schedule 1, there will be real progress. The experience in Colorado will be valuable to all of us.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 08:33 AM

2. I read that in CO, overdose deaths have declined dramatically.

Also, tax revenues exceed their expectations by so much, they gave money back to taxpayers. ALL the win.

I would love to see my state, NC, become a marijuana production state. Our urban areas are popping economically, but the rural areas are suffering. A valuable agricultural crop like marijuana to replace tobacco would be great (if we could keep some of the jobs and revenue in-state).

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Response to wildeyed (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:26 AM

3. No, we haven't gotten any money back.

There was discussion about it, but no, hasn't happened.

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Response to wildeyed (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 01:56 PM

7. Colorado's legalization has been an astonishing success

They're making the black market unprofitable, cutting into drug gang income, as well as all the other benefits cited here.

I wish the NM lege would catch a fucking clue, but it's full of pucker butts who are drug warriors.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 04:40 PM

9. LA LA LA LA LA LA LA WE CANT HEAR YOUUUUUUUUUUUU

Not Listening Not Listening Not Listening NANANANANANANANANANANAANAAAAA

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:28 AM

4. All the researchers can study is crash results

Because studying the actual benefits and risks of MM is still $&@€#! illegal!!!!! WTF is wrong with our leaders? Oh yeah, Big Pharma, corporate prisons, and police unions. That's what is wrong.

If you disagree with my last sentence, please explain the linked article's reference to kratom, another herb found to reduce opioid use. Really give it a good try.

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:40 AM

6. No disagreement. 100% AGREEMENT!

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 08:18 PM

12. There's big rehab as well.

Lots of people use kratom to get off of addictions to things like heroin, alcohol, and prescription opioids. They want you going to their rehabs and getting hooked on Suboxone and methadone. In Arkansas it was actually made illegal based on one complaint by a doctor who owned a methadone clinic and apparently didn't want the competition.

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Response to Crunchy Frog (Reply #12)

Mon Sep 19, 2016, 06:48 AM

14. Methadone is a racket

Of course they don't want this.

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 20, 2016, 02:04 AM

15. So is Suboxone.

My nephew got addicted to it. Also got totally fucked over by a doctor prescribing it, and fucked over even worse when the doctor got arrested. He's been sick for months because he was basically forced to go on a really high dose, and then forced to quit cold turkey.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 09:37 AM

5. Big Pharma won't like that idea....



That's the last block to legalization. There is no medical explanation, it's all about the Benjamins.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 02:09 PM

8. But marijuana is evil!

It leads to wild dancing and crazed piano playing, and who will protect the children?

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 08:24 PM

13. The 2005 musical version is really good too.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2016, 04:44 PM

10. The NFL needs to ok it immediately.

Those guys are in constant pain of varying degrees. They get hooked on opiods to add to their troubles.
There are many who refuse to believe it helps. "Well I never got hooked" or "They just want to get high." They need to STFU. It's much less dangerous than opiods and alcohol.
AND yes, it should be okayed for the general public for pain relief.

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