The opioid epidemic starts with legal prescriptions for costly painkillers. After addiction sets in, people gravitate to other less costly opioids like heroin and fentanyl which is 50 times more concentrated than heroin.
“Even the self-reported surveys suggest that we have roughly between 20 and 25 million people who use a drug illegally once a week, or more frequently, and about 7 to 8 million of those are dependent or addicted. Now again, that will be an undercount; that will be dominated by things like marijuana, which happen. But, you know, so you have to assume that the number goes north of 7 to 8 million people.” – John Walters
Video interview by Bill Kristol – http://conversationswithbillkristol.org/video/john-walters/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=beforeTracking&utm_campaign=walters052217
Transcript of interview – http://conversationswithbillkristol.org/transcript/john-walters-transcript/
Those of my readers who believe that marijuana is a harmless drug should know what the facts are and how “primes the behavior in the brain for opioid abuse”.