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Heroin Deaths: Blocked by MarijuanaDr. Phillip Leveque Professor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
Marijuana: Safer than Heroin and Opiates
(PORTLAND, OR) - The heroin addictions and deaths have caught the attention of The New York Times and other newspapers on the East Coast. It is estimated that there are 100,000 heroin addicts in the United States. Most of them are working addicts. Once in a while they get some bad stuff and O.D. and apparently some "off themselves" when they can not get their regular fixes.
The big cities of the East Coast once were meccas of the heroin addictions, but now it is spreading and even getting into the rural areas. The really strange thing is that marijuana is illegal in most of these states and heroin is much easier to obtain and possibly cheaper.
On January 27th 2013, I posted an article titled, Marijuana Cures Methadone and Heroin Addiction on Salem-news.com and got 4,700 Facebook recommends. Some people condemned me for using the word CURE but I did get their attention. On July 25th 2013, I posted "Marijuana: Best Modern Cure for Addictions" on Salem-News.com. It had 1,800 Facebook recommends.
I was surprised to see in The New York Times that a relatively new drug, Nalaxone, costing about $30.00 could be used to save the life of a heroin overdose. Marijuana, as a substitute, would cost much less and produce the same euphoria, or high, without any danger of death.
The author of The New York Times article is Robert S. Hoffman M.D., who is an Emergency Room Physician at Bellevue Hospital and Director of Medical Toxicology at New York University School of Medicine. This is an interesting title. He is NOT a toxicologist but he obviously takes care of poisoned patients. These are ordinarily called Physicians. If he were a Director of a Toxicology Laboratory this would be a much different situation.
Many hospitals on the East Coast are distributing Nalaxone Kits. It's up into the tens of thousands at this time. Dr. Hoffman says most heroin overdoses are dead before they get to the hospital. If they used marijuana this wouldn't happen. Nobody has ever died from marijuana in any The best thing that this country could do is to legalize marijuana. This would save about 200,000 deaths per year from Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine overdoses.
I guess the U.S. government and the state governments are still stuck on the "Reefer Madness" and "Devil Weed" blarney that marijuana is just as dangerous as heroin.
The U.S. government estimate 20,000,000 daily users of marijuana for medical and non-medical/recreational use. So far there have been no real harm and the information that marijuana causes auto accidents is false. Marijuana chemicals will stay in the body 4-6 weeks. Alcohol, with or without marijuana, still cause about 90% of auto accidents.
MARIJUANA IS STILL SAFER THAN HEROIN AND OPIATES
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