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“It’s Russian roulette”: State authorities concerned by street drug in some CBD vapes

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD.

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Medical pot laws no answer for U.S. opioid deaths, study says

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

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AG Sessions wants to put more cops on the opioid beat. Experts say that won’t solve the problem.

If the opioid epidemic was simply a problem of supply – people being able to access drugs too easily – then a targeted new effort in Appalachia announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week would be a huge stride toward combating the crisis.

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Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past

While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now.”

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Drug overdose deaths surged in first nine months of 2016

Deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, confirming the opioid epidemic worsened last year despite stepped-up efforts by public health authorities.

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Senator demands docs from big pharma as she probes their role in opioid epidemic

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is investigating the role of five top opioid manufacturers in the national drug epidemic.

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Side Effects May Include…

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For thousands of years the cannabis plant was used medicinally throughout the world.  It is even mentioned in the Pen-ts’ao Ching, the world’s oldest pharmacopeia.  This dates back to 2000BC and is listed as a treatment for malaria, beriberi, constipation, rheumatic pains and female disorders.  It was a standard item in any physician’s black bag until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 outlawed it.  Also around this time, the chemical-based pharmaceutical industry began its reign over medicine.  Men had relied on herbs and tonics, with mixed results, for a long time. The scientific method combined with modern industrial practices led to codifying medicines.  In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin and soon after, other doctors were able to reproduce it in quantity.  The treatment of infections with antibiotics was a breakthrough that changed the face of medicine and disease.  The pharmaceutical industry was growing in leaps and bounds; recommended dosages were effective, and people were relying less on home remedies.  As is the case with any company providing a needed product, the pharmaceutical industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar global industry that supplies everything from baby aspirin to cancer treatments and antidepressants.

Despite the successes of the industry, there are a few shortcomings to modern medicines.  Most medications take a targeted approach.  For a bladder infection, doctors recommend one drug; for chest pains they offer another.  It seems as though they shy away from holistic approaches to health, preferring to stick band-aids on all the little problems instead of treating the underlying causes of disease.  For depression a physician may prescribe Prozac or Zoloft.  It helps a person get through the day, maybe. But when the drug wears off, the patient is still depressed.  And then of course, comes the fine print. At the end of every tv commercial for a pharmaceutical comes those four words, “Side effects may include…” And most of the time those side effects sound worse than the ailment itself.  Lunesta (eszopiclone) is a sleep aid medication.  Some possible side effects aren’t so bad, like dizziness, lightheadedness and loss of coordination. That is to be expected from something that will put you to sleep.  How do these sound, heartburn, decreased sexual desire, painful menstrual periods, or breast enlargement in males?  Is sleep really that important (yes it is) but who wants to risk hives, rashes, swelling of extremities, difficulty breathing or swallowing?  A good thump on the head will put you out for the night too.

Prozac (Fluoxetine) is one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants by physicians and psychiatrists.  It is used for treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and eating disorders and others.  It also has some very serious side effects, especially in younger patients up to 24 years of age.  In younger people it can occasionally cause worse depression, aggressive behavior, self-harming, panic attacks, frenzied excitement and thoughts of suicide.  How is that helpful to someone who is depressed?  Other “regular” side effects can include nausea, dry mouth, weakness, uncontrollable shaking, hives, fever, joint pain, swelling of extremities including head and neck.  Those symptoms don’t help alleviate depression.

NSAIDs (NonSteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs) are a class of drugs that have many uses and can be quite effective.  Advil (ibuprofen) is probably the most common one utilized by Americans.  NSAIDs are used to treat inflammation, mild to moderate pain, and fever.  It’s great for headaches, arthritis, sports injuries and even menstrual cramps.  Another commonly prescribed NSAID is Mobic (meloxicam) and in low doses is also good for long-term use on aggravating injuries from sports such as mild rotator cuffs or ligament sprains.  But these drugs also have their drawbacks.  It’s interesting that they can cause diarrhea, or constipation hitting both sides of that spectrum.  Other effects may include fast heartbeat, nausea, pale or yellowing skin, tiredness, ulcers, cloudy or bloody urine.  They can also cause random death due to heart attack or stroke, because of how it effects blood and clotting.

Actiq (Fentanyl Transmucosal) is a pain medication often given to cancer patients, or others suffering from long-term pain.  It is used as a “breakthrough pain” reliever; that means a patient will be on some other pain medication but if the suffering spikes this is administered in conjunction to “rescue” the patient and bring the pain down to tolerable levels.  A drug such as this one must be carefully administered because patients are usually on many other medications and doctors must be wary of interactions and synergy effects.  Its side effects are also numerous, including (but not limited to) nausea, constipation, trouble walking, vomiting, fever, exhaustion, muscle aches, loss of appetite, hallucinations, and death from overdose.

So, those are just a few of the many thousands of drugs that modern science has given to the world.  As a species are we much better off having them?  It seems that we are unfortunate that so many that  seem meant to give life back, on the one hand, so easily can take it away as well.

Marijuana also has its side effects.  They include the munchies, which are uncontrollable appetite urges, particularly towards sweets.  This can be laughable, but can have serious effects on some users.  More sedentary users may find themselves with significant weight gain and at higher risk for diabetes.  There is no chance for death by overdose; people have tried but they fall asleep long before they hit the L.D. 50.  But it does increase the chance of accidents and injury because it effects motor control, balance, and perception of external stimuli.   Anytime a person is “under the influence” of marijuana or other drug with neurological effects, they should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.  The side effects of marijuana pale in comparison to the prescription drugs on the market.  The range of treatments marijuana can be used for seems to be growing everyday, without the surprise unknown side effects which can be hidden in fine print until an unfavorable statistic makes it news.  But that time the damage is usually done.

When it comes to any kind of medication, know what you are taking.  Be aware of possible side effects and interactions with other medications or chemicals in your body.  And if a doctor gives a warning about something, you should generally listen them.

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