First, what is an Opioid?
Opioids are the most commonly prescribed pain medication in Idaho. Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Opioid addiction is the largest source of drug abuse in Idaho. Examples of Opioids are OxyContin®, Percocet®, Palladone®, Vicodin®, Percodan®, Tylox® and Demerol®.
Another example of an opioid is heroin. The difference between illegal heroin (diamorphine) and legal heroin (morphine) is that it takes 2x more morphine to produce the same effect as 1x of diamorphine. Yes – it’s not that they are different drugs, but “illegal” heroin just gets in your blood stream faster than “legal” heroin.
Opioids are legal forms of heroin that have been packaged & copyrighted® for pharmaceutical companies to sell. These pharmaceutical companies then make massive donations to our Idaho politicians to keep Opioids legal, and Cannabis illegal.
80% Of heroin addicts start off by getting a legal prescription for some type of opioid. They take the prescription as prescribed, they become addicted, and then they turn to heroin because either their prescription ran out, or because heroin is the cheaper alternative for the exact same high.
The truth of the matter is that Cannabis is NOT a gateway for heroin. Legal heroin is a gateway for illegal heroin.
A study on DrugAbuse.gov links Medical Cannabis to a reduction in Opioid overdoses & abuse.
More than half of the United States now has access to some form of Cannabis, and the research coming out is proving that legalizing Cannabis decreases the use of Opioids, which in turns decreases abuse & deaths that are the result. The reason is pretty simple, Medical Cannabis is the #1 alternative to opioids for pain management.
This is not to say that Cannabis can completely eliminate the need for Opioids. For major surgery and operations you’re going to need the Opioids. But by introducing Cannabis into treatment plans doctors can massively reduce the amount of Opioids needed. So instead of taking 3 opioids a day for 30 days after a surgery, they could prescribe 3 opioids a day for 7 days, and Cannabis afterwards.
Instead of prescribing Opioids for long term pain conditions, they can prescribe Cannabis instead.
Medical Cannabis is the key to ending our states battle with Opioid & Heroin addiction. It’s time that we stop pretending that it’s “okay” to prescribe legal heroin, but it’s not okay to prescribe legal Cannabis. It’s simple not ethical or moral for our politicians to be taking donations from these pharmaceutical companies that are the equivalent of legal heroin dealers.
We not to stop people from taking drugs in the first place if we want to stop addiction. We need to stop people from taking Opioids.
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