Pass NC House Bill 185 Medical Marijuana, END Opioid Abuse in NC- It's TIME to SAVE LIVES!

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You may think having a large amount of THC in your system will kill you, but you are wrong. Ever since marijuana has been known to mankind, not one single account of death from overdose has been recorded. On the other hand, in 2010, 38,329 people died from drug overdoses. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In that same year, 25,692 people died from alcohol-related causes.

2015-2016 Facts & Statistics: (PDF Link)

American Society of Addiction Medicine 2015 Opioid Facts & Figures 2015

If you are completely fine with alcohol and cigarettes, then there shouldn’t be a reason you aren’t accepting of marijuana as well. As you can see from a 2010 study published in the Lancet and reported on by the Economist, a team of drug experts in the U.K. assessed the combined harms to others and to the user of marijuana as less than the harms posed by alcohol or tobacco use. The negative stigma of pot use has certainly made it seem like it’s worse, and since using the drug is still illegal, the fact that only people who are willing to break the law will smoke has inevitably made it associated with a “pothead” culture. These are just the preconceived notions we’ve been brought up in though. A world where instead of drinking cheap beer, a hopeful political candidate can roll a joint to seem like the “people’s choice” doesn’t have to seem crazy. This scenario would be the healthier choice.

An epidemic of unintentional poisoning deaths continues to affect North Carolina. Since 1999, the number of these deaths has increased by more than 300 percent, from 297 to 1,140 in 2011. The clear majority of unintentional deaths are drug or medication-related, occurring when people misuse or abuse these drugs.

In particular, opioid analgesic deaths involving medications such as methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone have increased significantly in North Carolina. Opioid analgesics are now involved in more drug deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. Wilmington, North Carolina leads the nation on opioid abuse and in a recent study of the top 25 worst US cities for opioid abuse, North Carolina clocks in a record, 4 times. In the Nation, (THE ENTIRE NATION FOLKS!) Hickory was the 5th, followed by Jacksonville at 12th and Fayetteville at 18th.

Earlier this year CBS North Carolina Investigates talked to outreach groups, users, law enforcement agencies, and even the DEA about the problem.
They say prescription abuse often eventually leads to heroin abuse.
In fact, CBS North Carolina pulled the numbers and found heroin deaths in our state have skyrocketed more than 584 percent.

Can you imagine how many people's life would change for the better and would be saved by reducing these numbers? Medicinal Marijuana can provide a much better & safer alternative, saving millions of lives, and protecting our future generations!

WE MUST BE THE CHANGE! Tell our congressmen & women that enough is enough, give people the choice and a chance. If we don't try, nothing will change, more people will continue to be addicts & die- I think of my daughters, think of yours and your sons- your grandsons! your neighbors, your teachers, your police officers & every single human being that we share our lives with.

Instead of first thinking about the "bad" things you hear in our society about marijuana, think of all the positives that could come from this being legal- besides most importantly saving lives & reducing the crippling opioid epidemic, North Carolina is an agriculture state, think of how many people would benefit from this without consuming, the amount of jobs it would create and farms it would save. Last December  in 71 out of 100 counties, the unemployment rate INCREASED, remained unchanged in 20 and only 9 saw a slither of a decrease.

Please stand up, speak up, show your support & let our representatives know. Peace be with you all. ✌ God bless you and God bless the Great State of North Carolina!

 



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