#KUSH VS PILLS: THE WAR ON PILL POPPING?

THE WAR ON PILL POPPING?

Prescription drugs are no longer popular among the sickly. Young people are popping 

everything from percocets, xanax, “mollies,” codeine, and adderrall while also combining the 

opiate like pain killers with alcohol — a dangerous combination of uppers and downers.

Is marijuana use becoming obsolete? With weed being a heavy politically charged taboo, on one side of the spectrum — advocates for marijuana are working tirelessly to decriminalize the recreational and medicinal uses of the trending plant. On the other side of the coin, there’s a growing concern about the use of opioid analgesics which are 100% “legally” prescribed pain meds. These “drugs” are controlled by the very institution blackballing natural healing therapies and modalities. If you guessed BIG PHARMA, then you’re right. As we all know, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry distributes and sells hundreds of drugs— legally through the hands of healthcare practitioners while maintaining a lucrative and legal industry at the expense of patients.

Prescription drug use has trickled down to a younger generation who are often prescribed opioid analgesics for minor injuries. At the same time, pills have gained street cred becoming popular party drugs and youth have easily found ways to get their hands on the pills. Abuse of opioids like oxycontin, percosets, xanax, codeine, and adder all are occurring so often that it has now become an alarming concern of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In  2010, opioids were the cause of 60% of overdose deaths.

According to a report published by the Center for Disease Control from the Prescription Drug Abuse Subcommittee under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — “The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic.” The 2013 prescription drug abuse report examines opioid analgesic prescription drug related deaths, and the increase in the past decade. In fact, in 2009 – prescription drug overdose deaths outnumbered car accident deaths – for the first time ever in the U.S.

The last time we visited talks of pill popping, we hit up the molly discussion and covered the deliberate marketing /advertising of the party drug in the urban community. What was once a popular way of life in the EDM club scene has become an adopted behavior in popular culture among a younger generation. Opioid specific drugs combined with alcohol and sometimes even weed can have dire effects on health and since this issue is fairly new — we don’t know long term affects this cocktail will have on the next generation.

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