During a youth event at the White House, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, warned the young attendees to avoid using cannabis because it might be laced with fentanyl. No seriously, that was a thing that happened.
The Trump administration is now intent on blaming the ever worsening opiate crisis on herb that could possibly, albeit unlikely, be laced with a dangerous and addictive opiate. Well, this is of course instead of blaming the opiate crisis on, you know, the opiate. This is what qualifies for logic in the Trump administration, which seems likely to collapse on itself like some kind of fetid orange singularity before the midterms later this year.
The Claim is Completely False
Azar continued to make ridiculous claims, such as the old standby that legalizing cannabis is worsening the opiate crisis in America, despite all evidence to the contrary. Again, this claim is made on the basis that people were lacing cannabis with opiates to get people addicted, despite the fact that this never happened, according to Snopes. Azar goes on to say, “These are very sophisticated operators, and they are lacing other illegal drugs with fentanyl to get you hooked on opioids and bring you into their system. Marijuana laced with fentanyl, all kinds of other products laced with fentanyl.”
So, it is quite common for other drugs to be laced with opiates. This is usually the case when buying hard drugs, because it is much easier to lace them. Also, chances are if you’re doing those types of drugs in the first place, you are more likely to get hooked.
Drugs like Fentanyl are the Real Cause of the Opiate Crisis.
It is estimated that over 20 thousand people died from fentanyl overdoses in 2016 alone. Keep in mind that this is just one drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimated there were some 64 thousand overdoses on prescription drugs that year. The sharpest increase was among, you guessed it, fentanyl.
The story behind fentanyl gets more interesting. The drug company behind it, Insys, spent over half a billion dollars to defeat a voter initiative which would have legalized recreational cannabis in Arizona. Insys developed a synthetic cannabinoid called Syndros, which was approved for Schedule II by the DEA. The real deal remains classified as Schedule I.
So, what about HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s history with the pharmaceutical industry? Surely he has one? Oh, he does. Azar was once the president of Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical conglomerates in the US. He is also strongly opposed to allowing drug importations, which would of course reduce consumer costs.
We all know what’s going on here.
Source: Huffington Post
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