After Tiger Woods was pulled over and subsequently arrested for a DUI, the police deduced that it was obvious the reason he fell asleep at the wheel was the presence of the prescription drugs, Xanax and Vicodin in his blood, not the alcohol.
Woods’ story is disheartening but it shows the true danger that should be associated with prescription drugs.
A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 119 million Americans from the ages of 12 and older have used prescription drugs within a year. 19 million of those uses can be attributed to the use of abusing their legal prescriptions. Those legal drugs include pain relief drugs (consumed by 98 million Americans), and tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.
With all the use of prescription drugs, marijuana continues to be an effective solution to pain, and the treatment of many illnesses that are traditionally treated with harsh pharmaceuticals.
Here’s a few reasons why marijuana is a better option than prescription drugs.
The treatment of certain ailments with marijuana has proven to be a much more effective drug for diseases which can often be completely resistant to prescriptions. Those ailments include specific types of epilepsy as well as a myriad of others.
Last May, in a research essay published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers deduced that the frequency of convulsive seizures decreased with use of cannabidiol (CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in MMJ). This came after examining over 120 children and young adults who suffered from a rare and often deadly epileptic illness known as Dravet Syndrome.
In addition, there has never been a recorded overdose from cannabis. With the opioid crisis at an all-time high, overdoses are at an equal level. In the complete history of marijuana, not one death can be attributed solely to marijuana. Prescription drugs are, as is well documented, extremely easy to overdose on, and pose a viable threat to the country.
The list goes on with several benefits to using marijuana such as the non-additive factor, money saving and plenty more. Marijuana needs to be considered as an alternative form of treatment and eventually the primary treatment method for the many ailments that it can not only treat but cure. Hopefully, the legislative future will recognize that and help to shape the coming years.