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Title    Opioid Commission Drops the Ball, Demonizes Cannabis
Date    Thursday November 16 2017, @06:00AM
Author    mrpg
Topic   
from the cui-bono dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/11/16/013234

An Anonymous Coward writes:

Opioid commission's anti-marijuana argument stirs anger

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the presidential commission on opioids, warned of the dangers of marijuana in a letter to President Donald Trump earlier this month about the panel's findings, saying the current push for marijuana legalization could further fuel the opioid epidemic.

"There is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana. This mirrors the lack of data in the 1990s and early 2000s when opioid prescribing multiplied across health care settings and led to the current epidemic of abuse, misuse and addiction," Christie wrote in the letter, which was released with the commission's final report.

"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."

[...] But some experts say the commission's fixation on marijuana was bizarre and troubling, lending credence to outdated views of marijuana as a gateway drug. And these experts want to nip such thinking in the bud.

They emphasized that they support efforts to curb the nation's opioid epidemic, but not the demonization of marijuana in the process.

"I was surprised to see negative language about marijuana in the opioid report," said Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, a professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Research that examines pain and marijuana shows that marijuana use significantly reduces pain. In addition, the majority of studies examining marijuana and opioids show that marijuana use is associated with less opioid use and less opioid-related deaths."

You had one job.

Previously:

Study Finds That Legalized Medical Cannabis Led to a Decline in Medicare Prescriptions
New Attorney General Claims Legal Weed Drives Violent Crime; Statistics be Damned
4/20: The Third Time's Not the Charm
Jeff Sessions Reboots the Drug War
President Trump Declares the Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
According to Gallup, American Support for Cannabis Legalization is at an All-Time High
Opioid Crisis Official; Insys Therapeutics Billionaire Founder Charged; Walgreens Stocks Narcan
FDA Blocks More Imports of Kratom, Warns Against Use as a Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal

Original Submission

Links

  1. "Opioid commission's anti-marijuana argument stirs anger" - http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/13/health/marijuana-opioid-commission/index.html
  2. "commission's final report" - https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/Final_Report__11-2-2017.pdf
  3. "curb the nation's opioid epidemic" - http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/01/health/opioid-commission-final-report/index.html
  4. "Study Finds That Legalized Medical Cannabis Led to a Decline in Medicare Prescriptions" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/07/07/1223200
  5. "New Attorney General Claims Legal Weed Drives Violent Crime; Statistics be Damned" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/03/02/0527212
  6. "4/20: The Third Time's Not the Charm" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/04/06/1914231
  7. "Jeff Sessions Reboots the Drug War" - https://soylentnews.org/politics/article.pl?sid=17/05/15/2043241
  8. "President Trump Declares the Opioid Crisis a National Emergency" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/08/11/1312211
  9. "According to Gallup, American Support for Cannabis Legalization is at an All-Time High" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/10/26/1755215
  10. "Opioid Crisis Official; Insys Therapeutics Billionaire Founder Charged; Walgreens Stocks Narcan" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/10/27/2259236
  11. "FDA Blocks More Imports of Kratom, Warns Against Use as a Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/11/15/2234254
  12. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=23318

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