Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.
Since the year 2000 the number of opioid overdoses has increased by 200%, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bringing the totals for the year 2014 to 47,055. It’s not just heroin attributing to this large number of overdoses, but prescription drugs as well are a massive problem. Even more so because they are legal and tend to be over-prescribed. Another problem is that people are using the prescription drugs as a “fix” for heroin or vice versa since heroin tends to be cheaper.
Some of America’s top lawmakers, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, have urged the agency to take a look at medical cannabis as an alternative painkiller to opioids.
An increasing amount of research is showing that legalizing cannabis could help end the horrible opioid issue this country is having. A 2015 working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research is showing states with medical marijuana dispensaries have a significant drop in opioid addictions as well as overdoses. Showing that medical marijuana offers a safer more effective alternative to prescription drugs.
Another 2015 study found that 80% of medical marijuana users substituted cannabis for painkillers, and 52% said they drank less alcohol when using medical cannabis. Those are some extremely positive results! Now if only it could get the federal funding it needs so the people can get the help they need.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.