You might not believe this, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions has an answer to the opioid crisis. Its a simple one, actually. So simple youll be cursing yourself for not thinking of the idea first.
His solution: More Bufferin and less marijuana.
Sessions was speaking at a Heritage Foundation event celebrating Ronald Reagans birthday when he announced his idea. Eager to connect Donald Trump with Reagans legacy, Sessions said the Trump administration was also cracking down on drug use and enforcing the War on Drugs. He also expanded on theTrump administrations plans to address the countrys opioid crisis. Sessions cited that 2017 saw a seven percent decline in opioid prescriptions, and that my goal in 2018 is to see a further decline.
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We think doctors are just prescribing too many, he added.
This comes on the heels of a congressional committee accusing regional pharmaceutical companies of pill dumping small towns in West Virginia. In one town with a population of only 2,900, two pharmacies just four blocks apart from another received a bewildering 20.8 million prescription painkillers.
Sometimes you just need to take two Bufferin or something and go to bed, Session said. Bufferin is an old-school, over-the-counter aspirin.
Opioids have become so addictive, Sessions said. The DEA said that a huge percentage of the heroin addictions starts with prescriptions. That may be an exaggerated numberthey had it as high as 80 percentwe think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs.
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Of course most research stands in stark contrast to Sessions latest comments regarding marijuana. In the face of the opioid crisis, cannabis has emergedas a solution, not a problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) noted last year marijuana has lowered rates of prescription opioids in legalized states. TheJournal of the American Medical Association suggested late last year that cannabis can be a helpful tool to combat our opioid addiction problem. In addition, just last month a HelloMD study showed that 81 percent of patients prefer marijuana over opiates while 97 percent said cannabis helps decrease opiate use.
Again, Sessions appears willfully uneducated on health issues of national importance. Maybe one day hell learn, but until then, its simply up to the rest of us.