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chris christie fights marijuana on trump's comission to combat opioid crisis


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https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4172350/Opioid-Chairman-s-Letter-1.pdf

 

strange how an opioid crisis turns into a marijuana drug war.

 

The Commission acknowledges that there is an active movement to promote the use of
marijuana as an alternative medication for chronic pain and as a treatment for opioid addiction.
Recent research out of the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse found that marijuana use led
to a 2 ½ times greater chance that the marijuana user would become an opioid user and abuser.
The Commission found this very disturbing. There is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on
dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana. This mirrors the lack of data in the 1990’s and
early 2000’s when opioid prescribing multiplied across health care settings and led to the current
epidemic of abuse, misuse and addiction. The Commission urges that the same mistake is not
made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an
overdose epidemic.

 

 

 

interesting, since that paragraph isnt based in science nor NIDA's actual words on the gateway theory

 

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug

These findings are consistent with the idea of marijuana as a "gateway drug." However, the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, "harder" substances.

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