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Throughout his dogmatic career in politics, Jeff Sessions has compared the influence of marijuana to that of LSD or Heroin, accusing the peaceful herb of cultivating some of America’s biggest problems.
On average, 142 Americans die each day from opioid abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have more than quadrupled since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. Over half of those deaths were from prescription opioids.”
Rather than menacing states that have enforced the will of their constituents, may believe the Department of Justice (DOJ) should spend their precious resources attacking the actual issue – opioid addiction.
By suing the large pharmaceutical companies responsible for the current opioid epidemic, the DOJ could reduce violent crime, poverty, and our national drug overdose rate.
Tapped to lead not follow, many believe Sessions and the DOJ should be more litigious with America’s drug companies, and sue Big Pharma.
On August 3, officials from Multnomah County, Oregon filed a lawsuit against some of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers. Conversely, the DOJ and Sessions have done little to address the opioid crisis, apart from authorizing a report.
Hardly encouraging, the report found “four out of every five new heroin users begin with nonmedical use of prescription opioids.” Exposing America’s real drug pushers, the Oregon lawsuit details Big Pharma’s love of these highly addictive pharmaceuticals.
Opioids generate $11 billion in total revenue for 2014
Opioids are now the most prescribed class of drugs
Opioid prescriptions have quadrupled since 1999
2010: Nearly 20% of all physician visits resulted in an opioid prescription
Americans consume 80% of worldwide opioid supply
Americans consume 99% of worldwide hydrocodone supply
And while cannabis kills zero people annually, the DOJ and our Atty. Gen. still believe that marijuana is the real problem.
This article was originally published on Marijuana.com.
About Monterey Bud: Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.