Via High Times: While the federal government continues to balk at the idea of legalizing cannabis oil, even low-THC strains with minimal to no intoxication for children suffering from a variety of conditions, they apparently do not have any issue with the youth of America getting hooked on dangerous narcotic drugs.
A recent report from NBC News indicates that the Food and Drug Administration recently put their stamp of approval on a form of the painkiller OxyContin, which will soon be force fed to children ages 11-16 by physicians all across the nation. This master plan to introduce the feel-good effects of powerful opiate medications to kids was devised by none other than Connecticut’s Purdue Pharma, a pharmaceutical company funded exclusively by doctors that generates the majority of its revenue from the sale of prescription painkillers.
Instead of pursuing efforts to treat sick children with cannabis, a safe and effective medication with less than a 10 percent rate of addiction in long term users and a zero percent mortality rate across the board, Uncle Sam has unleashed the dogs of Big Pharma in an obvious scheme to give the younger generation a taste of opiates. This questionable move will undoubtedly strengthen Purdue’s bottom line in the years to come, as youngsters enter into adulthood with a wild monkey strapped to their backs.
Yet, in an effort to avoid coming across as dope peddlers to all of the parents that will surely fall for this scam to perpetuate the junkie nation, the FDA suggests they are imposing strict regulations on OxyContin for kids. Dr. Sharon Hertz, Director of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products for the FDA, says that before doctors can turn kids into full-blown dope fiends, they must first determine if they can handle the drug. Therefore, potential candidates for children’s smack will be given at least 20 milligrams of OxyContin for five days in order to determine their threshold for the nod.
“We are always concerned about the safety of our children, particularly when they are ill and require medications and when they are in pain,” Hertz said. “OxyContin is not intended to be the first opioid drug used in pediatric patients, but the data show that changing from another opioid drug to OxyContin is safe if done properly.”
Sadly, while bragging about their commitment to the safety of children, the FDA fails to mention that OxyContin and similar prescription painkillers are one of the nation’s leading causes of overdose deaths in the country. In fact, the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionshows that “3 out of every 4 pharmaceutical overdose deaths” are attributed to opioid analgesics, such as oxycodone, otherwise known as OxyContin.
“There is around as many deaths related to opiate overdose as motor vehicle accidents every year,” said Jason Philips with Detox.net during an interview last year with HIGH TIMES.
The idea that our federal government, which maintains that marijuana prohibition is in the interest of health and public safety, is fine with allowing our children to use dangerous and highly addictive pain medication before they even have both feet out of the cradle is a testament to just how crooked and blatantly hypocritical this nation has become when it comes pushing through deadly substances in the interest of kickbacks and large profits. All the while, marijuana, which has been shown to reduce seizures as well as provide a number of other significant medicinal benefits, continues to exist a pariah in a land where the majority of the citizens support its legalization.
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