More than a third of US adults prescribed opioids in 2015

I don’t see 1/3 of the adult population wandering around in a opium haze, so there is some hope in that, I suppose. Even still 1/3 were prescribed opiates in 2015. That’s a lot of pretty hard drugs.

People need to be able to manage pain. And people who have become addicted need to be treated compassionately. But something is misfiring here (it appears to us) and we need to examine it.

We should look very closely at the connection between Big Pharma and the medical establishment (government,

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Baltimore Cop Doesn’t Realize His Body Camera Is Filming, Films Himself Planting Drugs At Crime Scene

Baltimore might be my least favorite big city, for a host of reasons. I’ve taken the train in to see the Army/Navy Game mutiple times and the place looks like something out of Mad Max almost. It looks like what many big cities looked like in the mid 80s. That is, a wasteland.

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CBD for Pain Reveals FDA Crony Agenda and Its Impact on Healthcare!

(From The Alliance for Natural Health)

 

Research and clinical evidence confirms that CBD oil relieves pain [1]. This should be good news! 116m Americans suffer chronic pain [2]. Action Alert!

Other approved pain relievers may cause internal bleeding, (e.g. aspirin)[3], cause heart disease (e.g. the now banned Vioxx)[4], kill people (fentanyl, up to 100X more potent than morphine)[5], or lead to both addiction and death (e.g.

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Ron Paul – The Drug War: Will the Trump Administration OD on Authoritarianism?

By Ron Paul

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors in drug cases to seek the maximum penalty authorized by federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Sessions’ order represents a setback to the progress made toward restoring compassion and common sense to the sentencing process over the past few years. Sessions’ action also guarantees that many nonviolent drug law offenders will continue spending more time in prison than murderers.

Sessions’ support for mandatory minimums is no surprise,

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Trump shouldn’t give new life to the War on Drugs, That would be a terrible mistake

First we shouldn’t have a “drug czar.” A drug “king.” Second, the War on Drugs has failed. It’s obviously failed. It destroys lives more than drugs. (I suppose some could argue this point, but it seems to me obvious after having spent years looking at the issue.) We don’t need a king overseeing this quagmire.

Drug addiction should be treated for what it is, a mental health issue. Many of our readers are probably smokers and more importantly former smokers.

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Is Sessions about to reinstitute (stupid) mandatory minimum guides for drugs?

It looks like he is.

The Trump administration is a mixed bag. Good on some things. Bad on others. Another offensive in the drug war would be in the decidedly “bad” part of the equation. Not only is it a waste, the drug war destroys lives. It destroys many more lives than drugs.

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