President of the United States, Donald Trump, declared the opioid crisis a national emergency just a few days ago, but what does this mean for the cannabis industry?
Opioids have been running wild through the Midwest for decades now, and the size of the crisis is comprehensible only once you realized that almost 100 people die every day in the US from opioid overdose.
However, as Nanci Pelosi noted, this move comes mostly as “all talk, no action” as the change in the emergency status waives some federal regulations and eases state access to federal funds.
Opioid crisis takes 2 more teen lives
In Lawrenceville, Georgia the opioid crisis has claimed the lives of both Dustin Manning and Joseph Abraham in just under 2 hours.
Dustin’s parents, Greg and Lisa Manning, have said that the toxicology report came back positive for heroin and Fentanyl, one of the most dangerous combinations.
The toxicology report also states that the amount of fentanyl in his blood was equal to three grains of salt, which was still enough to kill a 180-pound man.
His father says that he was urging him to wake up and get ready for work, when he noticed there was something wrong with Dustin.
“I had told him I’d get him up early for work, and I came up around 5:45 to wake him up, and when I opened the door, he looked like he was tying his shoes. Very quickly I realized, grabbed him and he was cold,” said Greg Manning.
Not even a full hour later, another 911 call regarding an overdose came in, describing Joseph Abraham which was found slumped on the floor by his parents.
Dustin Manning and Joseph Abraham were friends as kids, and Joseph’s father even coached the two boys’s Little League team. He says that once middle school came around, both boys started getting into trouble.
Joseph’s parents claim that the first time their son have tried opioids was after a wisdom tooth surgery — the dentist prescribed his with opioids for pain management when he was not even old enough to vote or join the military.
Fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, was devised to treat chronic pain. A tiny amount can be fatal.
“When you’re given a prescription from a doctor, we often just trust that,” Kathi Abraham said. “To me it’s poison or murder — anyone who sells fentanyl should have a life sentence,” her husband added.
The death toll is particularly tall in the Midwestern states. Georgia is not falling too far behind though.
What are the next steps?
As it turns out, cannabis products happen to much more efficient at helping patients ease of their pain without getting hooked onto dangerous and potentially life-threatening drugs.
The myth of cannabis being a “gateway” drug has long been busted.
Cannabis activists and medical patients are pushing for federal legalization in the US for years and given the opioid crisis situation turning for worse over the past few years, it might just work.
Many celebrities have voiced their concerns regarding the opioid crisis, and one of them is the Australian comedian Jim Jeffries.
If the opioid crisis and all this talk of overdosing is making you uncomfortable and not really passing any info, here’s Jim Jeffries to tell it all in a much funnier way.
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