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President Trump's promise to spend a lot of time and money on the opioid crisis will most definitely fail if that time and money is misdirected into the hands of the pharmaceutical and medical industry — the very actors responsible for the crisis. The only responsible solution is to direct the effort and funding into educating the public on alternatives to opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticals. At the top of the list, should be educating the public on how to grow and use cannabis as a medicine and how to use it without becoming intoxicated. The cannabis education should be a part of a holistic program based on the lifestyle change ideas of Dr. Roger Walsh. http://cannabisasmedicine.info/8TLC/index.html. Other alternatives to drugs, such as those recommended by Dr. Mercola, could be taught as well. Prescription for Change — How to End America's Opioid Addiction.
The super rich and their supporters — which make up the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis — are not likely to consider alternatives to drugs and programs based on these alternatives that will actually work. Their greed and addiction to power and wealth is in direct conflict with our need for optimal health and well-being. Chris Hedges, Dr. Matte and Michael Moore's interview with Tony Benn in Sicko clearly show the problem we face (videos below). It will take a major mass movement with democratic action to extricate ourselves from the parasitical relationship we're locked into with the super rich.
It won't be over until we stop relying on law enforcement's arrest of a few doctors and pharmicists at the street level and start focusing on the real reasons why people are using these drugs. Is our society too stressful and painful because of the breakdown in family ties and cultural identity along with a serious lack of spiritual connection and direction that so many turn to drugs as a means of coping with daily life? This is what professor Bruce Alexander, an addiction specialist, says on his website and in his books. http://www.brucekalexander.com/. The problem is more a social issue than an individual disorder that requires political and economic change as professor Alexander points out on his website.
I would add that a good start in the right direction would be to legalize cannabis along with funding cannabis education programs in the community to show people how to grow and how to use cannabis as medicine in place of dangerous pharmaceuticals. These programs could also teach people the 8 therapeutic lifestyle change ideas of Dr. Roger Walsh which could show people ways to strengthen family ties and spiritual connections and how to live healthier and happier lifestyles. See http://cannabisasmedicine.info/8TLC/index.html.
Healing Addiction Through Community: A Much Longer Road Than it Seems?, by Bruce Alexander, at http://www.brucekalexander.com/articles-speeches/healing-addiction-through-community-a-much-longer-road-than-it-seems2
More crafty neo-nazi propaganda in my opinion. Big Pharma is a major cause of the opioid epidemic, yet they're kept right in the driver's seat to profit off the epidemic through the prescribing of more bad drugs. This is a crime against humanity that will only stop when there are major changes in social conditions along the lines of what was done in Portugal as well as major funding of medical marijuana education programs designed to teach people to replace opioids and other dangerous pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis they're taught to grow themselves.
The shelter in Port Huron has a good idea; however, something much stronger is needed. Providing homeless people addicted to opioids and other hard drugs access to medical marijuana along with the counselling and 12 step program would definitely have a greater impact. A San Francisco based homeless project is working on strategy to provide the homeless access to medical marijuana as a harm reduction effort to counter overdoses and the spread of disease. See Homeless Activist Using Medical Cannabis To Fight Addiction. Hopefully, this idea will spread to other homeless shelters as more people suffering from addiction issues are forced into the ranks of the homeless.
If you watch the American Addict documentary below, you'll quickly understand the Wisconsin Attorney General probe is all horsecrap to fake out the public trying to make it look like they're actually attempting to do something to restrain the Pharmaceutical industry when they're not. They never have in the past and they don't plan to in the future. The money is too big and too good to them.
Notice how in American Addict they cover psychiatric drugs right along with opioids. Psychiatric drugs are also addictive, cause severe side effects and overdose deaths. The newsmedia rarely mentions psychiatric drugs and keeps them separate from the opioids as if the opioids were the only problem. In American Addict 2 they describe this problem how the public is being deliberately mislead on the dangers of psychiatric drugs.
Growing Your Own Cannabis is Therapeutic in Itself and could easily fulfill a number of the 8 therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs) discussed on the Cannabis & Lifestyle Change page. Growing it as a service for others and spiritual involvement being big ones.
Another excellent article by Dr. Mercola. In the article Drugged Driving Now Causes More Fatal Crashes Than Drunk Driving, notice his statement:
"Honing in on how the legalization of marijuana may impact road safety without saying a single word about the impact of opioids is just reprehensible. We cannot continue sweeping the matter of opioid overuse and addiction under the rug and simply point fingers at marijuana."
The article below fails to mention the psychiatric drug epidemic that preceded the opioid epidemic. See, For example, Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. These drug epidemics were due to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and the corruption of the units of government designed to protect the public from dangerous drugs and epidemics of this nature. By failing to describe the bigger picture, it's made to appear as if the opioid epidemic was accidental and can be avoided in the future with minor reforms and better drugs. Without major changes, we'll be doomed to suffer more of the same.
Project CBD recently came out with a new article supporting the use of cannabis in raw form for obtaining the medicinal benefits of THCA. See Dosing THCA: Less is more. The article explains how using raw cannabis for its THCA will not cause intoxication. It's when we dry out cannabis and smoke it that we experience the psychoactive, intoxicating effects. Dr. William Courtney explains this in the video below.
Others are exploring cannabis as food:
The Shocking Benefits Of This Incredible Superfood, at http://fitlife.tv/the-shocking-benefits-of-this-incredible-superfood_original/
Report: Eating Raw Weed Prevents Bowel Cancer, Fibromyalgia and Neuro-degenerative Diseases, at http://www.organicandhealthy.org/2016/10/report-eating-raw-weed-prevents-bowel.html
I base my belief that CBD is now legal to possess in Wisconsin because Governor Walker supported the bill which went to his office around March 8th. See http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/bill-to-ok-possession-of-cbd-oil-heads-to-scott/article_0f3b903c-a9aa-5e7f-ad38-585c146e596a.html. Even if Gov. Walker didn't sign the bill into law it would become law after 6 days under Wisconsin law and we've heard nothing about a veto. See http://wiana.com/how-a-bill-becomes-law-in-wisconsin/.
Also, from my reading of the bill that went to Gov. Walker, any person can possess CBD for any medical condition if a doctor provides a certification. It's not just for children with Dravet's syndrome or severe epilepsy. The Wisconsin Senate Bill 10 says:
"(b) An individual may possess cannabidiol in a form without a psychoactive effect if the individual has certification stating that the individual possesses cannabidiol to treat a medical condition, if the certification has an issue date that is no more than one year prior to the possession, and if any expiration date provided by the physician in the certification has not passed."
The law appears to say any person may possess CBD for any medical condition if they have certification from a physician. I suspect that many physicians will assume the law was made for only children with Dravet's syndrome because of news accounts describing CBD as being for children with Dravet's syndrome.
The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants, https://breggin.com/the-proven-dangers-of-antidepressants/
Five Reasons Not to Take SSRIs, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201001/five-reasons-not-take-ssris
Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?, http://www.naturalnews.com/049137_Germanwings_depression_antidepressant_drugs.html
Methadone and Suboxone
Methadone: A Major Driver of Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths, http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/03/methadone-a-major-driver-of-prescription-painkiller-overdose-deaths/
Most States List Deadly Methadone as a 'Preferred Drug', http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug
The Dangers of Long Term Suboxone Use, http://www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com/the-dangers-of-long-term-suboxone-use (Maryland Addiction Recovery Center treats suboxone addiction)
Addicted to a Treatment for Addiction, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/opinion/sunday/addicted-to-a-treatment-for-addiction.html?_r=0
How many children die from accidental overdoses to methadone and suboxone when they discover them and think they're candy?
Toddler Poisoned by Prescriptions, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/children-overdose-parents-medications/story?id=12423751
It's certainly way more than one black child every now and then in a bad neighborhood, http://fox6now.com/2017/01/27/police-investigate-death-of-2-year-old-boy-in-milwaukee-found-unresponsive-by-mother/
 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
That cannabidiol and hemp seed oil have the ability to provide relief for maladies, without psychotropic effect.