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Percodan for Pot

Why not replace our Percodan with Pot?
Prescription opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, which is the main ingredient in Percodan, Percocet and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in the past few years because they have been associated with a drastic rise in overdose deaths.
Between 1991 and 2010 the number of deaths associated with prescription narcotics has risen 242 per cent. In spite of what you may think, street drugs such as crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana account for a much smaller percentage of overdose deaths. It is actually the drugs legally prescribed by physicians that are killing us.
Drugs such as Tylenol #3, Percodan, Percocet, Fentanyl and Dilaudid are extremely addicting and require higher and higher doses to relieve pain. Unfortunately these high doses come with many side-effects, the worst of which is their ability to suppress your respiration or breathing.
Your inability to breath eventually causes your death.
In the last few years medical marijuana has become available with a doctor’s prescription. Although this substance is also addicting, it is a lot safer for a person suffering from terminal pain, such as a cancer patient. Narcotics take away your appetite and eventually stop your breathing and you die. Marijuana gives you an appetite and this nutrition can keep you alive much longer and in very good spirits at the end of your life.
Researchers postulated that if people had access to medical marijuana, they would use fewer narcotics and the addiction and death rate would be reduced. Since medical marijuana is already legal in 23 states in the United States, a study was done there so that an accurate comparison could be achieved.
Two researchers, Brendan Saloner and Chinazo Cunningham, did this study and their results were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. They proved that the incidence of narcotic addiction and deaths showed a huge decrease in states where medical marijuana was available.
The study was designed to measure state-level rates of opioid pain-killer overdoses before and after the passage of medical marijuana laws, while controlling for these and other concurrent state and national trends.
Using death certificates compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was discovered that the rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased in all states from 1999 to 2010. But they also found that when medical marijuana laws allowed for widespread use, there was a 25 per cent drop in opioid painkiller overdoses. In absolute terms, they estimated that states with a medical marijuana law had a total of about 1700 fewer opioid painkiller deaths in 2010 that would be expected based on trends before the laws were passed.
This is the first study to demonstrate that medical marijuana laws could contribute to a decline in drug overdose deaths and so it must be read with caution and wait for future studies to cooberate the results.
It was not a controlled experiment and there are many other factors that could influence the results such as individual state laws on the prescribing and distribution of narcotics such as making the person who picks up the narcotic prescription show photo identification.
However, if medical marijuana laws are in fact reducing opioid overdose deaths, the next step is to figure out how and why. One possibility is that people who are suffering from chronic pain have replaced their narcotics with medical marijuana. Another factor is that the availability of medical marijuana is changing the habits of people that have been addicted to opioid narcotics and this is their new replacement.
Marijuana is a natural herb and you may find it interesting to know that all human beings have specific receptors in our brains for the active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In other words it is a natural occurrence for humans to ingest THC and have it reach receptors in our brain and make us mellow and take away our pain. This
means that is highly likely that people addicted to narcotics could very easily switch to medical marijuana and be satisfied to the extent that they no longer craved or needed narcotics.
Unfortunately, it takes approximately 7 days for your liver to detoxify one full dose of marijuana. This makes testing very difficult because this herb is in your body long after you have used it. If someone ever invents a simple road-side test to measure your degree of impairment with this drug, then it would be openly distributed just like alcohol.
The good news is that you can search the literature for a lifetime trying to find even one person who ever died from a marijuana overdose, making this substance so much safer than prescription opioids.
In the meanwhile people on narcotics are driving around all the time and some of them even drive with the combination of alcohol and narcotics. Is medical marijuana safer? It probably is because there is something about the way this herb affects you that takes away your desire for alcohol.
Hopefully there will be more studies in the future and someday medical marijuana will be our first choice for chronic pain.                                                             [print-link]