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How Doughnut Bribes Helped Build America’s Opioid Addiction

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  • The U.S. spends more than $51 billion annually on the war on drugs. In 2014, more than 1.5 million arrests for drug-related violations were made, 83 percent of which were for possession only
  • No real effort is put into minimizing the availability of opioids. Perhaps worst of all, no consideration is given to alternatives that are FAR safer and just as effective; marijuana being one of them
  • The DEA recently announced its intent to move the herb kratom into a Schedule I controlled substance. Many use the herb to wean off opioids and relieve pain in lieu of these potent and addictive drugs

By Dr. Mercola

Drug addiction has reached unprecedented levels in the United States. Each year, the U.S. spends more than $51 billion on the war on drugs and, in 2014, more than 1.5 million arrests for drug-related violations were made. Of those arrests, 83 percent were for possession only.


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