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More Children Are Being Poisoned By Prescription Opioids

Hardly a day goes by without new and alarming information on the opioid epidemic seizing the headlines. NPR examined the most recent grim news on this front in the war on drugs. The number of children being poisoned by opioids has increased dramatically, and shows no sign of slowing down. This is consistent with the overall spike in the use and abuse of these dangerous pharmaceuticals.

The government-backed allopathic medical industry created the opioid epidemic and their failed approach to medicine cannot solve this health catastrophe. It is also clear that the DEA does not want to criminalize prescription drug abuse because that would sorely hamper the ability of drug manufacturers to promote and sell painkillers. In April 2016, a law was passed that restricted the DEA's ability to track and charge pill-pushing pharmacies and wholesalers.

The result is an ever increasing toll of death and ruined lives. This epidemic continues to spiral out of control despite the fact the evidence supporting the effectiveness of narcotic painkillers is flimsy.

Chronic pain is a reality for many and powerful opioids should be the last resort for pain instead of the first. So why isn’t the medical industry providing us with viable alternatives to these addictive painkillers? The profit motive is one explanation. Medical cannabis would do little to fill the coffers of Big Pharma but could go a long way toward addressing the opioid crisis. There has been a sea of change in how the public views medical marijuana. In states where medical marijuana is legal, overdose deaths from opioids like morphine, oxycodone and heroin decreased by an average of 20 percent after one year.
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