Every day, more than 100 #Americans die in the #UnitedStates from #opioid overdoses, and while this epidemic has become increasingly devastating in recent years, a natural plant that has been shown to combat opioid #addiction is still deemed “illegal” by the federal government.
According to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as of March 2018, “more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.” These overdoses can be attributed to prescription pain medications, which are prescribed like candy with little warning about how dangerously addictive they are; #heroin, which many addicts turn to when they lose access to prescription opioids; and #fentanyl, which has become increasingly popular despite its deadly track record.
The rise of the opioid epidemic at home has coincided with the United States’ control of poppy production worldwide. Before the U.S. invaded #Afghanistan in 2001, there were around 189,000 heroin users in the United States. By 2016, that number had increased dramatically to 4.5 million users. The longest war in the nation’s history has resulted in the U.S. controlling 90 percent of the world’s opium supply.
If the U.S. wanted to decrease opium production in Afghanistan, it has the power to do so. But instead, #PresidentTrump has pledged to spend “the most money ever” fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic, while no one in his administration is proposing any legitimate solutions, and the officials who are paid to propose solutions have direct ties to the pharmaceutical companies that helped cause the crisis in the first place.
The government claims it can end the epidemic at the same time it is encouraging it by criminalizing a natural plant has been shown to combat opioid addiction. A study published in August 2017 found that when participants used #cannabidiol ( #CBD), it actually blocked the opioid reward in their brains, and as a result, “The finding that cannabidiol blocks opioid reward suggests that this compound may be useful in addiction treatment settings.” 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾