By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze
In the latest demonstration that free access to marijuana in a supposedly free society is an idea whose time has come, none other than CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, the notoriously biased news organization’s Chief Medical Correspondent, has written an op-ed in the form of an open letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that Sessions to open his mind to the fact that marijuana is a powerful medicine and possible tool for easing the opioid epidemic.
Gupta acknowledged his own ignorance related to medical marijuana only a few short years ago and wrote of how he came to change his mind. Gupta wrote of the number of stories and cases he personally witnessed where marijuana provided relief to a number of health problems as well as growing evidence that marijuana could be one more solution to the opioid crisis. Continue reading Dr. Sanjay Gupta Schools Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and Opioids
By Paul A. Philips
A recent disturbing report by the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) a division of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) revealed that 63,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2016 in the U.S.A. That’s 3 times higher than what it was in 2009.
Out of those 63,000 deaths 42,249 were attributed to opioid drug overdose. To get some idea on the gravity of the situation, in 2016 that made the 42,249 opioid drug overdose deaths over a 1,000 more than the number of American women who died of breast cancer. Continue reading Opioid Drug Overdose Deaths Now Higher Than Breast Cancer In The U.S.A
By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Wake Up World
Since 1999, the rate of drug overdose deaths has tripled in the U.S., rising to 63,600 deaths in 2016. This represents a 21 percent increase in deaths from 2015 alone, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report.1 The majority of the overdose deaths — 66 percent — involved opioids, a class of drugs so addictive and dangerous that the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2017. Continue reading More People Killed From Opioids Than Leading Diseases
By Jahan Marcu PhD., Waking Times
It’s been used traditionally as both a medicine and a textile. It’s reportedly helpful for treating drug addiction, and its consumption has never resulted in a documented death from toxic overdose. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers it a dangerous drug with no medical value.
No, this isn’t about Cannabis. This is about the leaves of a native Southeast Asian tree commonly known as “Kratom.” Its official botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa, and it’s the only natural source of opioid alkaloids other than the poppy plant. Continue reading Is Kratom the CBD of Opioids?
By Robert Parmer, Conscious Life News
The world is in the middle of a huge crisis. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, addiction is a massive issue. In particular, the US has a experienced a gigantic wave of drug abuse, overprescription, and questionable recovery methods.
The numbers truly speak volumes about this issue. According to the Center of Disease Control: Continue reading A Problem We Can’t Ignore: The Opiate Addiction Epidemic
By Martha Rosenberg, Alternet, Waking Times
It is no secret that opioids are addictive even when used as prescribed. That is why they were highly restricted until fairly recently. It is also no secret that there is no evidence of the long-term usefulness of opioids in chronic pain despite unethical Pharma marketing.
Now Pfizer, the second biggest drug company in the world, has agreed to add warnings to the dangerous drugs that cause as many as 60 deaths a day in the U.S. Pfizer will disclose that opioids “carry serious risk of addiction—even when used properly,” says the Washington Post, and promises “not to promote opioids for unapproved, ‘off-label’ uses such as long-term back pain. The company also will acknowledge there is no good research on opioids’ effectiveness beyond 12 weeks.” Continue reading After 20 Years and Many Billions, Pfizer Finally Admits Opioids are Addictive
By Julie Fidler, Natural Society
Earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) responded to the growing opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S. by issuing new recommendations for health care providers who prescribe the painkillers for chronic pain.
The guidelines were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The advice is intended for primary care doctors, who prescribe nearly half of all opioid painkillers prescribed in the U.S. The guidelines are not intended for physicians treating cancer patients or for end-of-life care.
Continue reading Not Everyone is Happy With the CDC’s Recently Updated Opioid Guidelines