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How the War on Drugs Has Caused More Harm Than Good

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  • The war on (illicit) drugs, which exacts particularly harsh punishment for minor marijuana offenses, has proven itself a miserable failure that actually contributes to the current drug abuse epidemic
  • A report by Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and Health states the war on drugs is harming public health, and urges governments around the world to decriminalize minor, non-violent drug offenses
  • Prescriptions for opioids have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years, and have fueled a whole new heroin epidemic. Medical marijuana is an effective, non-toxic alternative to highly addictive and dangerous opioids

By Dr. Mercola

Prescriptions for opioids have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years — a trend that has fueled, if not created a whole new heroin epidemic. Americans use the most opioids of any nation — twice the amount used by Canadians, who come in second place in terms of prescriptions.


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