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Severe Pain: Marijuana Versus OxyContinDr. Phillip Leveque Doctor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
Marijuana wins hands down.
(PORTLAND, OR) - For the lucky pain victim in the 18 states with legal medical marijuana, it is much better and much safer than OxyContin which has killed thousands of pain patients in the past few years while marijuana has never killed anybody in the past 5000 years.
Newspaper and television news programs are full of the horror stories about deaths, accidental and otherwise, about OxyContin and Vicodin, which may be as many as 38,000 a year! It appears many physicians are dispensing them like M&M's or peanuts, probably to naive, unsuspecting patients who falsely assume, if it's prescribed by a doctor, it must be both safe and effective. As a matter of medical fact, they are not safe and they're effectiveness is far overshadowed by their lethality.
The Oregonian reports an Associated Press article, which states that in Oregon, 600,000 patients filled these narcotic prescriptions in 2012, but only about ten doctors and ten pharmacies were involved in this frequently lethal activity.
The Oregon Medical Board has persecuted several physicians (including this one) for aiding medical patients to get medical marijuana permits and in Oregon, at least 35,000 patients, or 70% of the total patients who have used OxyContin and Vicodin have switched to the far safer cannabis/marijuana.
Valium- like drugs have also killed thousands of patients and caused about 30% of the deaths. Yet the Oregon Medical Board has DONE NOTHING to protect the general public against these quack pill-pushing doctors, but spends its time persecuting and prosecuting not only the marijuana doctors, but also their sick and disabled marijuana-using patients.
The figures above are for legally prescribed drugs and they are far more dangerous and lethal than heroin, meth and cocaine. Marijuana doesn't even come into the picture because many states erroneously consider cannabis/marijuana to be a severe addicting drug which it is not! They also seem to believe the U.S. government's false propaganda that marijuana has no legitimate medical use. The 18 or so states in which it is legal, probably have more than a million marijuana card holders who are using marijuana safely and effectively for at least 30 different medical problems. Severe pain is the main use for about 70% of all patients. Migraine and Fibromyalga patients consider marijuana the best, safest medicine.
Many states are trying to reduce the prescriptions and use of OxyContin and Vicodin but this is really a pandemic and the American patients actually use about 90% of these drugs in the world.
MARIJUANA'S SAFE, OXYCONTIN LETHAL!
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