USA: ‘They Who Have the Microphone, Make the Rules?’ – Using LIES to Manufacturing Consensus YET AGAIN

MADAM SECRETARY PUSHES DANGEROUS NARRATIVE ON CBS

JANUARY 10, 2019 EDITOR

A letter to CBS Corporation, 524 W. 57th Street, New York, New York, 10019-6188, dated January 8, 2019

Re:  Madam Secretary program of January 7, 2019

We have been fans of “Madam Secretary” and are always astounded at how closely the programming reflects actual news stories of the week or two preceding the program.  However, we were stunned and dismayed by this week’s program which promoted the use and legalization of marijuana.  The alleged “facts” as presented in the program are misleading and/or incorrect.

As parents who have lost a child to drugs at a state university whose “substance abuse” counselor advocated that “cocaine is neither harmful nor addictive if used in moderation,” we are appalled that CBS/Madam Secretary would incorporate into its programming the use of marijuana and marijuana products by the Secretary’s highest ranking staff member.  That staff member is shown being incoherent on a phone call with another staff member. But even worse is his promotion and association with a member of the marijuana lobby to effect a political change.  Absolutely  abhorrent!

I am enclosing copies of two recent newspaper stories regarding the dangers of marijuana that somehow managed to see the light of day (although I am well aware that most mainstream media suppresses anything that illuminates the many dangers associated with marijuana use, particularly by youngsters).  These two articles may open your eyes.

Because marijuana is known to adversely impact various prescription medications, my husband, director of transplant at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, requires that all potential recipients test negative for marijuana use for 6 months prior to receiving a transplant.  There are thousands of individuals waiting for the opportunity to receive a transplant (an extremely expensive medical procedure) and wasting one because a recipient is too stoned to remember to take the prescribed anti-rejection medication or a medication the patient must take has a negative interaction with the marijuana product the patient decides to take, is a tragic and costly event that could have been avoided.

I am enclosing two articles that I hope will persuade you to change the next episode and all future episodes of Madam Secretary by removing any references suggesting that the use of marijuana or marijuana products (other than cannabis-based medications that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration) are safe or beneficial.

Sincerely,

Sandra S. Bennett and William M. Bennett, MD

Enclosures:   Marijuana is More Dangerous Than You Think (WSJ, 01/04/2019)

It’s High Time We Took a Breath From Marijuana Commercialization (Denver Post , 9/28/18)

For Source Story http://www.poppot.org/2019/01/10/madam-secretary-pushes-dangerous-narrative-on-cbs/

 

 

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Global: Gateway Theory Flipped? Maybe not?

Sure, Cannabis Is a “Gateway Drug”—Leading Toward Less Use of Other Drugs SESSI KUWABARA BLANCHARD FEBRUARY 7, 2019

As more and more prohibitionist cannabis policies are reversed in North America, a long-peddled, if long-debunked, perception that weed is a “gateway drug” to other substances is increasingly being challenged. More than that, a growing body of evidence indicates that it can be an “exit drug.”

Research suggests that cannabis can serve as an “exit drug” for substances ranging from opioids to benzodiazopines, tobacco and alcohol. A recent study in Harm Reduction Journal surveyed 2,000 respondents on the impact of their cannabis use on their use of other substances. The respondents were all registered with a federally licensed medical cannabis provider in Canada, which recently legalized recreational use and has offered medical cannabis for two decades.

Additionally, some participants reported “exiting” alcohol (45 percent) and tobacco use (30 percent).

Hmmm???  Opiods & Cannabis – Fast Facts

“The opioid crisis appears to be worsening where marijuana has been legalized.” - JAMA INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE JOURNAL, 2018

“There is moderate evidence of a statistical association between Cannabis use and the development of substance dependence and/or a substance abuse disorder for substances including alcohol, tobacco and other illicit drugs!”
National  Academies of Sciene (2017)

Associations between cigarette smoking and cannabis dependence: Aims

Conclusions: Cigarette smoking is related to concurrent cannabis dependence independently of cannabis use frequency. Cigarette smoking also mediates the relationship between cannabis use and cannabis dependence suggesting tobacco is a partial driver of cannabis dependence in young people who use cannabis and tobacco. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4337852/

A number of studies, including two published just last month, have also found that cannabis can impact a person’s use of benzodiazepines. One found that 45 percent of participants ceased their benzo use by the end of the study period; the other saw 22 percent of participants substituting weed for benzos.

These findings challenge a longstanding misconception.

“[W]e recommend avoiding medical marijuana certification in a patient prescribed high-dose opioids. Given the dearth of evidence for long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain, adding more uncertainty with marijuana seems unwise.” (Mayo Clinic 2016)

“Prescription opioids were seen as a wonder drug, especially for pain management.” We should not repeat history with yet another wonder drug installed before proper evidence.” (Addiction 2018)

“There is compelling and enduring evidence that marijuana is not a gateway drug,” write researchers at the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz. “Yet, non-evidence-based political factors on both the left and the right remain the reason for the persistence of the gateway myth.”

The Federal Bureau of Narcotics spawned the theory in the 1960s, and it was heavily utilzed to justify an escalating drug war in the decades that followed.

GATEWAY DRUG: The term “gateway drug” is used to illustrate the tendency of cannabis to introduce the user to other illicit drugs, and arguments for and against the hypothesis have a long history.

There are multiple studies that have reached a conclusion in support of the gateway hypothesis (see Kandel, 1992 and 1996; Clayton, 1992; Bailey, 1992; Poikolainen et al, 2001). Specifically, the Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University found that children who use drugs, including cannabis, are up to 266 times more likely to use cocaine than those who do not use any of the gateway drugs identified (cannabis, tobacco and alcohol). Further, a study on 311 sets of same-sex twins, in which only one twin smoked cannabis before age 17, found that early cannabis smokers were up to five times more likely than their twin to move on to harder drugs (Lynskey, 2003). Also, Hurd (2006) concluded that findings supported the gateway hypothesis when she conducted a study on rats. Hurd found that rats trained to self-administer heroin would administer greater doses if they had previously been exposed to THC. A further study of 75,000 adolescents and young adults found teenage cannabis smokers had a 50% higher risk of developing an alcohol-use disorder and specifically stated “Addictive drugs all act on a part of the brain that is described as the central reward circuitry. Once this system is exposed to one drug, the brain may become more sensitive to the effects of other drugs, as demonstrated by a number of rodent studies” (Gruzca, 2006).

In summary, as Kandel states (1992), very few try illicit drugs other than cannabis without prior use of cannabis.

(Cannabis – suicide, schizophrenia and other ill-effects – A research paper on the consequences of acute and chronic cannabis use – Drug Free Australia)

For complete story https://filtermag.org/2019/02/07/sure-cannabis-is-a-gateway-drug-towards-less-drug-use/

 

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USA: Weed Propaganda Washed Wannabe Social Architects – Peddling Big Weed Message!

Last week, California Senator Kamala Harris admitted she smoked pot in college, going on to say, “I think it [marijuana] gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.”

In response, SAM Director of Local Affairs Dana Stevens wrote in The Hill today how Senator Harris, and many of the other 2020 candidates, have demonstrated a “clear misunderstanding about the differences between today’s high-potency, commercialized marijuana and her college joint,” and highlighted how the legalization argument “demonstrates just how effective ‘Big Marijuana’ lobbyists have been at convincing politicians that legalizing weed is no big deal.”

Dana goes on to say“The senator is surely not alone in her misperceptions about weed. For most people marijuana conjures up images of carefree Woodstock hippies… However, there is strong scientific evidence demonstrating today’s pot brings greater risk of mental illness, increased youth use and more drugged-driving deaths.”

You can read Dana’s full column HERE. Be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Best,

Kevin Sabet

President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
About SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.

Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades - is addictive and harmful to the human brain especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen  a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana.

 

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GLOBAL: Cannabis Quackery Continues! Where’s the Evidence???

Endorsing Cannabis as an Opioid Substitute ‘Irresponsible’

Alicia Ault  February 12, 2019

Even as two states have passed laws to encourage clinicians to use cannabis as a substitute for opioids, some experts are warning against this practice.

Two addiction experts — Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, and Richard Saitz, MD, professor and chair of the department of community health sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts — argue that “substituting cannabis for opioid addiction treatments is potentially harmful.”

Saitz, who is also a former director of Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, said he and Humphreys decided to write the article, which was published online February 1 in JAMA, because patients and physicians have been “chattering” about cannabis as an opioid substitute.

“The conversation has generally assumed cannabis to be safer and as effective as opioids, but it isn’t clear what the truth is,” Saitz told Medscape Medical News.

Thirty-three states, Washington, DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico have legalized cannabis for medical use, and 10 states and Washington, DC, have legalized it for recreational use, according to the National Council on State Legislatures.

Both New York and Illinois recently amended medical marijuana laws in favor of cannabis as a substitute, which was another factor in writing the article, said Saitz.

New York issued emergency regulations in July 2018 allowing opioid users to become certified to use medical marijuana instead. In August 2018, the Illinois governor signed a bill allowing individuals over age 21 with conditions for which opioids might be used to apply for the medical marijuana program.

“Irresponsible” Recommendation

“The suggestion that patients should self-substitute a drug (ie, cannabis) that has not been subjected to a single clinical trial for opioid addiction is irresponsible and should be reconsidered,” Saitz and Humphreys write.

“There are no randomized clinical trials of substituting cannabis for opioids in patients taking or misusing opioids for treatment of pain, or in patients with opioid addiction treated with methadone or buprenorphine,” they add.

There is “low-strength” evidence showing that cannabis can alleviate neuropathic pain, and insufficient evidence for other types of pain, and the studies are of poor quality, said the authors.

Saitz and Humphreys noted that some have said that allowing cannabis use instead of opioids has led to fewer overdoses. But, they said, “correlation is not causation.”

The only individual-level study to look at this issue, published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine in 2018, found that “medical cannabis use was positively associated with greater use and misuse of prescription opioids,” they said. A regression model study published last fall in the American Journal of Psychiatry reached a similar conclusion: that cannabis use increased the risk of developing nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder.

Saitz and Humphreys said proponents of substitution often overlook the risks of cannabis, which include motor vehicle crashes, cognitive impairment, structural brain changes, and psychotic symptoms. There is also a risk of cannabis addiction, they said.

The authors said that if cannabis is to be used as medicine, it should be subjected to the same types of trials and regulation as medical therapies.

“Cannabis and cannabis-derived medications merit further research, and such scientific work will likely yield useful results,” they said. “This does not mean that medical cannabis recommendations should be made without the evidence base demanded for other treatments,” they write.

Ineffective Pain Reliever

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD, chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Pain Medicine and a professor of anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, agreed that “there is not enough research and science” on cannabis, but added, “we need to support further research.”

The ASA has supported moving marijuana to schedule II on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of controlled substances, which would facilitate more research, Buvanendran told Medscape Medical News.

Even though he practices in Illinois, he said that he does not believe awareness of the changes to the state’s medical marijuana law is widely known.

Buvanendran said he’d counsel patients seeking to substitute cannabis to consider alternatives — such as injection therapies and surgical procedures to modulate nerves causing pain — which have a larger evidence base.

Kevin Boehnke, PhD, a research investigator in the anesthesiology department and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who has written a lot on cannabis and chronic pain, told Medscape Medical News that most cannabis trials have methodological flaws and “the evidence for opioids for chronic pain management is quite poor.”

He also notes that the studies generally do not distinguish between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is psychoactive, and cannabidiol (CBD), the other most prevalent active ingredient. THC is associated with most of the health risk of cannabis, while CBD products have limited abuse potential, Boehnke said.

Boehnke believes cannabis offers less dangerous side effects and a lower risk of addiction — although he would advise against use in people with substance use disorders. Both opioids and cannabis are relatively ineffective pain relievers, “but one of them can kill you and one can’t,” said Boehnke, adding, “to me, the risk-benefit is obvious.”

Need for Better Evidence…

Fore complete article https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/908991

 

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Australia: CBD ‘Medicine’ Causing Carriageway Chaos???

Legal cannabis oil sold in British health shops can get users high and make it dangerous to drive, study shows

  • Cannabis oil sold as a health product in Britain can get users ‘high’, study finds
  • Researchers found driving under the influence of CBD cannabis ‘may be harmful’
  • The products have soared in popularity amid claims they help combat ailments

By JONATHAN BUCKS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY 17 February 2019

The legal version of cannabis sold as a health product in the UK can get users ‘high’ and even make it dangerous to drive, a study has found.

Cannabis oils and capsules said to help reduce anxiety and pain are on sale in high street stores including Holland & Barrett and are used by more than 250,000 Britons.

They are sold legally because they contain no more than 0.2 per cent of the mind-altering substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in the illegal version of the drug.

But now scientists have found that the active ingredient in these products, cannabidiol (CBD), is also psychoactive. In the study, subjects used a vape to inhale different strains of cannabis.

Those using the version containing CBD but not illegal THC reported levels of intoxication three times that of those who used only a placebo. In addition, experts said subjects felt detached from reality.

Scientists from Wollongong University in Australia concluded that driving under the influence of CBD cannabis ‘may be harmful’.

For more https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6712725/Legal-cannabis-oil-sold-British-health-shops-users-high-study-shows.html

 

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USA: S.A.M. April Summit – Register NOW!

Dr. Robert L. DuPont
To Speak at 2019 SAM Summit
April 25, 2019

SAM is proud to announce that Robert L. DuPont, MD will provide the opening remarks for the 6th Annual SAM Summit in Atlanta, GA.
For 50 years, Dr. DuPont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He was the first Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). In 1978 he became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit research and policy organization that identifies and promotes powerful new ideas to reduce drug use and addiction. He is the author ofChemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemic published in 2018.
Dr. DuPont joins a star-studded slate of speakers such as award winning author and former  New York Times journalist Alex Berenson, who will discuss his new, groundbreaking book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, and former US Attorney Bob Troyer will present an eyewitness account of how marijuana commercialization has negatively impacted the state of Colorado.
This year’s summit will once again be  taking place in conjunction with the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA on April 25, 2019.
Registration Rates:
If your organization would like to sponsor the summit,  email us at info@learnaboutsam.org for more information on how to get involved.

About SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.
Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades -  is addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in  drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and  costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen  a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana  arrest rates, and tobacco companyinvestment in  marijuana.
Marijuana is not a harmless drug. View the  stories of its victims here.

For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit www.learnaboutsam.org

 

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USA: COLORADO KIDS EVEN GREATER CASUALTIES OF CANNABIS!

 

For Immediate Release:   February 12, 2019

Contact: ColtonGrace Colton@learnaboutsam.org

New Report: Colorado Youth at Risk from Marijuana Exposure

(Denver, CO) - A new state-funded report out of Colorado found that the state continues to hold the top ranking when it comes to past month use of marijuana, more young children are being exposed to highly potent pot products, use of edibles and vaping/dabbing is way up among high school students, and emergency department visits have increased.

“The data in this report show that Colorado’s marijuana industry is threatening public health,” said Luke Niforatos Senior Policy Advisor to Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and longtime Colorado resident. ”Just last year, the industry was caught recommending pot to pregnant mothers. It’s time to start holding them accountable.”

According to the report, past month use has increased 14% over the last year and adult use in the state of Colorado continues to be significantly higher than the national average. Young adults, aged 18-25 reported the greatest instance of past month use at 29.2%. This is concerning as this age group is still in a crucial period of brain development and heavy use at this age can lead to the development of serious mental health issues.

Adult Past Month Marijuana Use


The report notes that “at least 23,009 homes with children in Colorado may not be storing marijuana products safely, which increases the risk of accidental ingestion.” On this front, the report also finds that calls to the poison center for marijuana exposure to young children remains high after it began skyrocketing following legalization. Prior to legalization, there was an average of 5 calls per year related to marijuana exposure in children under the age of nine. After legalization, this number shot up to 27 in 2013, 45 in 2014, 40 in 2016, and now 50 in 2017. Ingestion of marijuana edibles comprised 65% of these reports. Additionally, the report finds that approximately 32,800 homes with children 1-14 years old had possible secondhand marijuana smoke or vapor exposures.

Number of Children Exposed to Marijuana


Of note, this report still fails to accurately depict the real data when it comes to youth use in Colorado. The findings on rates of youth use are based on data collected by the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey which suffers from multiple methodological issues. That fact notwithstanding, according to the flawed HKCS data, past month edible use is up significantly among high school students, rising 22% since 2015. Additionally, the “dabbing” of high potency THC concentrates has increased 43% since 2015 among high schoolers.

“As a Colorado physician, I am incredibly concerned with the findings of this report,” said Dr. Ken Finn, a pain doctor in Colorado Springs. “The harms to public health that are documented here are alarming, especially the rising risk of exposure of pot products to young children whose brains are still in development. Additionally, I find this report to be sorely lacking key data points, such as the fact that marijuana is the most prevalent substance found in Colorado completed teen suicide. The state needs to get serious with the documentation of the real consequences of marijuana legalization.”

“Is this the type of outcome people wanted when they voted to legalize? Tens of thousands of young people in Colorado are now living in homes where they are either actively breathing in marijuana smoke or are at risk of eating highly potent THC gummies, candies, brownies, and ice creams,” said Niforatos. ”As public health and safety professionals, we will continue to hold the state accountable for this reckless policy of marijuana commercialization.”

www.MarijuanaAccountability.co

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U.K: Getting ‘Wasted’ and Wasting Young Lives in Process!

Exploitation fears as hundreds of children commit drug offences

By Jack Averty Published: 10/2/19

Children are being exploited and abused by by gangs who are forcing them to act as drug mules, it has been claimed.

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Nearly 400 drug offences were committed by children across the West Midlands and Staffordshire last year

New figures show nearly 400 drug offences were committed by children across the West Midlands and Staffordshire last year, with a charity issuing a stark warning about how exploited children are being treated.

There were 313 drug offences committed by children aged between 10 and 17 in the West Midlands in the 12 months to March 2018, with 55 offences committed in Staffordshire across the same period. Offences include the possession and supply of illegal drugs.

The number of offences in the West Midlands fell compared to 2016-17, when there were 362, but have risen by 20 per cent in Staffordshire. Drug offences among children in Staffordshire had previously fallen year on year since 2014-15.

The Children’s Society says gangs often target and exploit vulnerable children, such as those living in poverty or in care, to act as drug mules.

Terrified

Iryna Pona, policy and research manager for the charity, said: “After being groomed through promises of cash, drugs and a glamorous lifestyle, children are then terrified into following orders and carrying out drug-related crimes.

“We have sadly supported children who have been stabbed, raped and tortured, with their activities monitored through mobile phone live streaming and tracking.

“We want police to recognise that in many cases young people haven’t made a choice to get involved in gangs – they have been groomed and coerced in the same way as we have seen young people groomed and coerced into sexual exploitation.”

Across England and Wales the number of drug offences committed by children rose by 2.5 per cent last year to 5,965 – the first increase for 10 years.

A surge in county lines drug networks – which gangs use to transport drugs from urban centres into smaller towns and rural areas – has been blamed for the increase.

The National Crime Agency estimates around 10,000 children as young as 11 years old are now being used as drug mules for county lines gangs.

For complete story https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2019/02/11/exploitation-fears-as-hundreds-of-children-commit-drug-offences/

 

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Global: Marijuana, Mental Illness & Violence

Tell Your Children – Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence

In 1936 a church group produced a melodramatic movie warning parents of teens that marijuana use can be dangerous. They entitled it “Tell Your Children.”  Later it was renamed “Reefer Madness”. The film was “rediscovered” in the early 1970s and gained new life as a propaganda film ridiculing concern for pot use among advocates of  legalization.

The pot of the ‘70s was about 1-3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient that makes you high. Forty years later the pot of today routinely hits 20 to 25 percent THC producing stronger and quicker highs. Edibles and hash oil products commonly reach THC levels from 50-99%. The difference between yesterday’s marijuana and today’s is like the difference between near beer and a martini.

Now a new speaker, Alex Berenson, stands up to ask us to reconsider the concept of reefer madness and pot use normalization. He has ironically entitled his book “Tell Your Children.” Berenson is a graduate of Yale University, with degrees in history and economics. His wife, Dr. Jacqueline Berenson, is a forensic psychiatrist. Until recently she worked at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute where most of the 300 patients have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia that provoked them to violence against family members or strangers.

A few years ago, in passing, she mentioned that “all of them are [pot] smokers.” Alex realized what his wife knew from her work with the criminally insane and study of the research on pot use was completely contrary to what he and nearly all society think they know about the drug and its impacts. After much research Berenson tells audiences, “Almost everything that you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything that advocates and the media have told you for a generation, is wrong.”

Marijuana is commonly recommended for “pain”, but a recent four-year study of Australian patients with chronic pain showed that cannabis use was associated with greater pain over time. When legitimate pain is present pot users actually need more pain medicines than non-users. Berenson says, “Even cannabis advocates, like Rob Kampia, who co-founded the Marijuana Policy Project … acknowledge that they have always viewed medical marijuana laws mostly as a way to protect recreational users.”

Marijuana legalization advocates sometimes argue that its use reduces opiate use. That is untrue. Berenson indicates, “The United States and Canada, which are the countries that have the most opioid use, also have by far the worst problem with … cannabis.” A paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry last year showed that people who used cannabis in 2001 were almost three times as likely to use opiates three years later, even after adjusting for other potential risks.

Many recommend marijuana for anxiety but research in top medical journals shows that marijuana can cause anxiety disorder or worsen severe mental illness, especially psychosis, the medical term for a break from reality. A 2017 National Academy of Medicine study found that “cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater the risk. …Teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly are about three times as likely to develop schizophrenia, the most devastating psychotic disorder.

Psychosis is a shockingly high risk factor for violence. The best analysis came in a 2009 paper in PLOS Medicine by Dr. Seena Fazel, an Oxford University psychiatrist and epidemiologist. Drawing on earlier studies, the paper found that people with schizophrenia are five times as likely to commit violent crimes as healthy people, and almost 20 times as likely to commit homicide.

Berenson cites several studies and findings showing a relationship between marijuana use and violence and crime. According to a 2007 paper in The Medical Journal of Australia on 88 felons who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes, almost two-thirds reported misusing pot. A 2012 paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence examined a federal survey of more than 9,000 adolescents and found that marijuana use was associated with a doubling of domestic violence.

The first four states to legalize marijuana for recreational use were Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon. In 2013, those states combined had about 450 murders and 30,300 aggravated assaults. In 2017, they had almost 620 murders and 38,000 aggravated assaults — an increase of 37 percent for murders and 25 percent for aggravated assaults, far greater than the national increase.

The largest problem with legalization is that it gives social sanction to its use. The current messages about pot are: it’s not harmful, it is a medicine, no one ever died from using it, and we can get tax revenue from it.  All these messages are wrong and because they are wrong they are dangerous.

Not every 2 year old that strays into the street gets hit by a car, but we stop them – every time. Not every young person or young adult who uses pot will acquire a disorder or become psychotic. Today’s teens and young adults know no more about pot than 2 year olds know about the street. No one is encouraging 2 year olds to walk out into the street. Right now, as a society, we are encouraging teens and young adults to use pot. The results can be just as serious as a 2 year old in the street. TELL YOUR CHILDREN.

STOP POT

Scott Chipman

Vice President – Americans Against Legalizing Marijuana

AALM.info

 

 

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ENGLAND: Addiction increasing – Permission Models to Blame!


England hospital admissions for addiction soar as treatment budgets fall

Sarah Boseley Health editor 11 Feb 2019 

The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, is among the MPs campaigning against cuts in alcohol and drug treatments. Photograph: David Sillitoe/The Guardian

More than half of the local authorities in England have cut their budgets for alcohol and drug treatment, even though admissions to hospital for problems related to addiction are soaring, say MPs.

Liam Byrne, the chair of the cross-party parliamentary group for children of alcoholics, and Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, have both spoken of the trauma of growing up with an alcoholic father. They are among the MPs campaigning against the cuts.

The data comes from a freedom of information (FoI) request by Byrne to local authorities, which are responsible for drug and alcohol treatment in their areas but are struggling with huge demands on their limited public health budgets.

“Every child of an alcoholic comes to learn the brutal hard way that we can’t change things for our parents, but we can change things for our children,” said Byrne.

“But frankly that’s harder if addiction treatment budgets are being cut left, right and centre. What this year’s data shows is that it’s simply a false economy. We’re spending money dealing with A&E admissions when we should be trying to tackle the addiction that lands people in hospital in the first place.”

For complete story https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/11/uk-hospital-admissions-for-addiction-soar-as-treatment-budgets-fall

What does one expect, when Demand Reduction and Primary Prevention are ignored in the pop-culture cacophony of ‘rights’ for ‘FUN’; and permission for drug use mantras pervade the market place, even using Harm Reduction platforms to promote and protect ongoing drug use!

“If you never use a drug, you can never have a drug problem!”

But that message is no longer ‘progressive’!  However, growing cultural dysfunction, family violence, productivity decline and diminishing health are!? This is what happens when drug permitters, promotors, and users are controlling the levers of drug policy interpretation!

THIS IS PROGRESS????

 

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