Happy 420: Still Zero Fatal ODs From Marijuana

Here we are … April 20th in the year 2016. Although FOUR states and the District of Columbia have ended marijuana prohibition for recreational use and 24 have opened the doors to Medical Cannabis, there have been no fatal OverDoses from marijuana use — evah! Let’s be clear — one can OD on marijuana, particularly edibles, and it leads to a really bad trip. A person who is ODing on marijuana feels lethargic, headache, paranoid, may suffer nausea and become disorientated or frightened. Edibles are a serious risk to the novice user, as they can take 45 minutes or longer to affect the body. A person who consumes edible marijuana and then drives could end up in a dangerous situation. Don’t become a statistic! Use responsibly; do not abuse!

While there have been NO recorded OD fatalities from marijuana/cannabis use, OD deaths from Alcohol, Opioid Prescription Pain Relievers, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine and Heroin continue to skyrocket. “More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record,” the CDC reported earlier this month. While alarming, more people died in 2014 from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, (30,722) than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined (28,647), according to the CDC. The latest federal data shows alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years. The change has been especially pronounced among women. The percent of women drinking monthly or more rose from 47.9 in 2002 to 51.9 in 2014. Women LOVE their wine!

Most recent figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse are highlighted below.


Opioids: From 2001 to 2014 there was a 340 Percent increase in the total number of deaths.


Benzodiazepines: From 2001 to 2014 there was a 500 Percent increase in the total number of deaths.


Cocaine: From 2001 to 2014 there was a 42 Percent increase in the total number of deaths.


Heroin: From 2001 to 2014 there was a 600 Percent increase in the total number of deaths.

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