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Marijuana Cures Heroin Addiction!Dr. Phil Leveque Professor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
It does it for all opiates. Cannabis has brought relief to many, for centuries.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - FORWARD by Bonnie King, Publisher: We are republishing this article due to the urgency of the increasing heroin problem. Marijuana is better than opiates! Dr. Phil Leveque has known this to be true and has been sharing this information for over 50 years. Finally, another doctor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is standing tall and busting this wide open- with Dr. Leveque's help.
There is little doubt that Dr. Leveque's long term research and empirical data have been a benefit to Dr. Gupta as he climbed this mountain of discovery. We would like to officially thank both Dr. Leveque and Dr. Gupta for their fine work, a foundation for common sense, reality-based medical choices. The future will have many fewer "junkies", if these men have anything to say about it. Onward! The truth shall set us free.
I can already feel the first comment. What the hell is he talking about? Well, Okay. During the 1860’s Cannabis/Marijuana was used in the U.S. to get addicted people off alcohol, tobacco and opium, and it was very successful in doing so. Many Civil War veterans were addicted to all three of these.
About that time, Morphine and the hypodermic syringe were invented, which gave doctors real control of pain and brought about the concept that a physician’s first obligation to his patients was to control pain. It was far nicer and safer than opium or alcohol.
The chemists went to work on opium and synthesized many different compounds, several of which were found to be more powerful, and more addicting than Morphine, the original opiate. These more powerful drugs were Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Dilaudid, and Heroin, which is diacetyl morphine. Codeine, another opiate, was a much weaker opiate and its use has been minimal in the face of these much stronger opiates.
With heavy advertising and mouth-to-ear gossip, patients demanded the strong opiates. This brought on a real problem for physicians --- give the patients the strong opiates, or they will find another doctor who will.
These strong opiates are notorious for not only causing addictions but they can easily cause death from accidental overdose or suicides, which are in the thousands. So, Doctors will give you enough to turn you into an addict. 20 pills. Then they say no. But the patient is still in pain, so the patient changes doctors, and repeats the action. Soon they realize it is easier to get drugs on the street.
The state medical boards have jumped into this mess by ordering physicians to stop writing these strong opiate prescriptions.
What is a patient to do about this?
In states where it is legal, patients have switched to marijuana for severe pain and in Oregon, 90% of patients use marijuana for pain. Marijuana has been proven to not be addictive, though many say the lifestyle certainly is.
In states where marijuana is not legal as an option, they are either buying strong opiates on the black market or using Heroin. This is causing a tsunami of overdose deaths.
The New York Times had a story (7-19-2013) of an epidemic of Heroin deaths in New England. They said getting Heroin was cheaper than going to a doctor to get a prescription for the pain meds they are addicted to, or that they had simply been denied a legal prescription so they turned to the streets and found Heroin. Note: Heroin cannot be prescribed by doctors in the United States. It is only found on the black market.
In the state of Maine, which has the lowest population per capita in the nation, there are few doctors available in rural areas- but there are Heroin dealers a’plenty! It is a vicious cycle, to be sure.
There is presently a movement with the association of state medical boards to further restrict the use of the strong opiates. There are three possible scenarios about this:
Many Heroin and strong pain killer addicts have been put on Methadone which is just as addicting and deadly as Morphine. It has caused hundreds of deaths.
Choose Life: Choose Marijuana.
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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