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Monday, October 10, 2016

This Stuff is Worse Than Marijuana, But Doctors Give it Out Like It's Candy

African American taking painkiller

About half of all U.S. states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana, while other states have removed marijuana possession as a criminal offense. The federal government, however, still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which is the category used for addictive and dangerous drugs such as heroin and LSD.
But there are drugs out there that are far more dangerous and addictive, yet it remains legal. They are called painkillers!

The danger

Doctors write prescriptions for pain killers every single day. Prescription opioid pain killers for mild to severe pain include: Morphine, Diamorphine, Fentanyl and Alfentanil, Buprenorphine, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Tramadol, and others.

These drugs are prescribed for anything from a wisdom tooth extraction, sports injury or back pain, and others. What is happening in this country is that people are getting hooked on opioids after filling a prescription.

When the prescription runs out, many turn to heroine because it works the same way and is cheaper. Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled since 2010, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control.

Almost like candy

Doctors hand out prescriptions for opioid pain killers like it's candy. Painkillers are the primary gateway drugs to heroin and other illicit drugs, yet the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), responsible for enforcement of federal drug laws, takes no action against the prescription drug distributors. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the one that has approved them, even for children as young as 11 years old.

Where is the balance and common sense when it comes to the health and safety of people?

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