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Legal Drug Deaths and Marijuana DangersDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
So much ado about nothing while real danger lurks nearby.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The Oregonian June 26 2011 published "Pharmacy robberies sweep the US" which is about OxyContin in robberies of pharmacies with the robbers killing any possible witnesses. Kudos for telling the truth. These robberies occurred 686 times in 2010 and will probably go up this year as the OxyContin problem is widely endemic.
About 1.3 million pills were stolen in 2010 and the street price for one OxyContin pill went up to $80.
The article also pointed out that marijuana users were more than 7 million, it is certainly much higher. Of these 7 million-plus Americans, no difficulties have manifested that would compare to what we see with OxyContin- and not in 5,000 years of known use, for that matter.
Emergency room visits for prescription drug overdoses has gone up to 300,000 per year. It is doubtful that very many (if any at all) were for marijuana.
The above death statistics about OxyContin robberies are totally separate from the ongoing deaths from accidental overdoses from taking one too many Oxy pills.
It is also well known that there are patients who were legitimately given Oxy, who quickly became addicted and then shoot up intravenously to get a quick fix.
These are the Oxy addicts who will pay anything for relief of pain or the devils of withdrawal.
Salem-News.com writer Marianne Skolek on this subject has written many articles about the addictions and deaths of even children from this drug. The newspapers frequently write about the extremely wide and heavy use of Oxy and the concurrent deaths.
Oxy is the worst drug example of this but it appears that Purdue Pharma being fined 700 million dollars for false advertising still lobbies for and insists that it is a safe drug.
According to Laxmaiah Manchikanti, M.D. of the Pain Physician Journal:
From 1997 to 2004, there were marked increases in sales, therapeutic use, and non-medical use of oxycodone/OxyContin, as well as in overall opioid-related deaths. During these years there was:
Now that the pharmacy workers and customers are being killed during robberies I wonder if Congress will do something.
I kind of doubt it, because Purdue's lobbyists are spending massive amounts of money to keep it on the market.
By the way, marijuana itself and medical marijuana are not causing any kind of similar harm to users. The biggest danger to any marijuana user is hassling an arrest by DEA goon cops and local policemen, even those goons have shot and killed several growers and users.
ISN'T THIS INSANE REEFER MADNESS?!?!
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