Wow, I was not aware of people being forced off of “safer” pharma drugs. Sounds like you know a lot more about opiods and other pharma pain meds than I do.
Yes, “heroin laced with fentanyl” does not sound too safe. I once enjoyed hearing Dr. Carl Hart and Dr. Daniel Rees speak on drug issues, and then I became a fan of both. Dr. Rees proved by studying all mmj medical states at the time (it was only 17 states then), and the incidents of drunk driving, youth use of cannabis, and suicide in males up to age 30 (? about) all declined after medical marijuana legalization.
Dr. Hart, (a leading neuroscientist specializing on illicit drugs) shared that when he was in med school his goal was to be able to cure drug addiction. Ha!. He learned that was impossible, and eventually after his specialization in addictive/illegal drugs, decided the only safe option is legalization and regulation (like rec. cannabis in Colorado–taxed and strictly regulated).
If I could share only one TedMed about drugs with all my friends, it would we his. It is called “Let’s stop abusing drug users.”
Because of my past in Colorado, I know that there are multiple corporate interests in maintaining the WAR on DRUGs and you will see these same forces in most every state. This list is from my own observations/experience, for example, the forces that fought against us on Amendment 64. Many of them (like alcohol and tobacco) support nefarious organizations like Patrick Kennedy and ProjetSAM (Incarceration is a powerful motivator,” says Kennedy), a way for them to hide their financial assault.
Active Police Unions (retired Officers were mostly on OUR side–LOL)
Alcohol (Many patients and rec users have found they can replace alcohol safely with cannabis, and it can treat symptoms of alcohol abuse, like nephropathy and others)
Tobacco. (Because also in med states, growing hemp provides all kinds of textiles that that regular tobacco does not.) So cannabis is a double hit on ciggs.
Private Prison Industry–about 50% of all incarcerated are on simple drug possession charges. They would lose too many income producing slaves.
Any politician who is a War Hawk and gets major contributions from defense contractors, because the Program 1033, using military weapons to militarize local/state police nationwide, feeds the War on Drugs and that is precisely why/here 99%of that weaponry is justified in the purchasing–“We need a tank for the War on Drugs” (like using an atom bomb to kill a roach). Also, it has been found that in states with the most 1033 financial upgrades, it increases the chance by 128% that person will be killed by a police officer.