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Dea: “Prescription Drug Abuse Is The Nation’S Fastest-Growing Drug Problem”


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By Michael Komorn

According to figures released by the DEA during their House Appropriations Meeting on April 12, 2013 (during which they asked for roughly $3,000,000,000 in Federal Funding for FY 2014), an estimated 38,329 individuals died of an unintentional overdose of prescription drugs in 2010.  ”The equivalent ofone death every 14 minutes.”  The DEA did not mention that in 2010, according to an article in the New York Times, ”1.64 million people were arrested for drug violations. Four out of five arrests were for possession. Nearly half were for possession of often-tiny amounts of marijuana.”  In fact, the DEA  failed to mention many figures that seem quite important when delivering a thorough, honest report:

1) The price of cocaine has dropped nearly 74% in the past 30 years.  If supply has been going down due to major busts, wouldn’t prices go up?  In fact, Marijuana was the only drug whose price went up over the same period.

2) One person is arrested for Marijuana every 42 seconds.  In the time it has taken me to link the articles in this post, 4 people were arrested somewhere in the U.S. for Marijuana.

3) “Processing each of the roughly 85,000 arrests for drug misdemeanors in New York City (in 2011) cost the city $1,500 to $2,000. And that is just the cost to the budget. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, mostly black and poor, are unable to get a job, a credit card or even an apartment to rent because of the lasting stigma of a criminal record for carrying an ounce of marijuana.”-Harry Levine, Sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York

4) Studies at the RAND Corporation estimate that if Marijuana were legal, Mexican Cartels would lose about a fifth of their annual income.

5)  Almost one in five inmates in state prisons and half of those in federal prisons are serving time for drug offenses.

6)  TOTAL DOCUMENTED UNINTENTIONAL DEATHS BY OVERDOSE OF MARIJUANA (ALL TIME)= ZERO

The statistics about prescription drug overdoses really stuck with me.  Medical Marijuana Patients enter the court room for marijuana charges and are treated like violent criminals.  Marijuana, a substance that 25 million people in the US smoke illegally.  a substance that 63% of the citizens of Michigan voted in favor of making available to sick people, giving them an option to the dangers of prescription drugs when considering treatments for the pain associated with their debilitating disease.  A substance that Doctors around the world are finding has more and more health benefits than we ever imagined.  But we still see Judges sit on the bench playing doctor by telling people what kind of medications they can use.  Police continue to arrest people for small amounts every minute.  Prosecutors threaten Doctors with criminal charges before they give testimony as to why they recommended a specific patient try medical marijuana.  It is absolute madness, an insult to the citizens of Michigan, and to the members of the program who are simply looking for a way to better their quality of life.

 

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So the same amount of people died in 2010 from an unintentional over dose of prescription drugs as guns? That is an interesting statistic. Can it really be more profitable to keep it illegal as opposed to legalizing and reaping the benefits? Or does it more have to do with the ability to target minorities and the poor?

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The greatest risk to "The Public Health and Our Children" is television and video games combined with fatty chemically enriched nutritionally deficient food.  Any thing else is just a drop in the bucket.  

 

People need to quit protecting people from themselves and enforce and punish crimes such as rape, abuse, fraud, theft, and ect....Get your identity stolen and the police will do nothing.  Tell them your neighbor is enjoying his drugs too much and 12 masked men with machine guns will show up and mentally scare his children and kill his dog.  

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The greatest risk to "The Public Health and Our Children" is television and video games combined with fatty chemically enriched nutritionally deficient food.  Any thing else is just a drop in the bucket.  

 

People need to quit protecting people from themselves and enforce and punish crimes such as rape, abuse, fraud, theft, and ect....Get your identity stolen and the police will do nothing.  Tell them your neighbor is enjoying his drugs too much and 12 masked men with machine guns will show up and mentally scare his children and kill his dog.  

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The greatest risk to "The Public Health and Our Children" is television and video games combined with fatty chemically enriched nutritionally deficient food.  Any thing else is just a drop in the bucket.  

 

People need to quit protecting people from themselves and enforce and punish crimes such as rape, abuse, fraud, theft, and ect....Get your identity stolen and the police will do nothing.  Tell them your neighbor is enjoying his drugs too much and 12 masked men with machine guns will show up and mentally scare his children and kill his dog.  

 

Totally agree with you. I would add in a lack of exercise as well. 

 

I really like your sig as well.

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The greatest risk to "The Public Health and Our Children" is television and video games combined with fatty chemically enriched nutritionally deficient food.  Any thing else is just a drop in the bucket.  

 

People need to quit protecting people from themselves and enforce and punish crimes such as rape, abuse, fraud, theft, and ect....Get your identity stolen and the police will do nothing.  Tell them your neighbor is enjoying his drugs too much and 12 masked men with machine guns will show up and mentally scare his children and kill his dog.  

I concur sir..!!  Now donate as much as you can to charities likie ASA, MPP, NORML, for example to end this madness.!!  Or choose a local one wisely that is not out to monopolize our right to home grow.

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