Posts Categorized: About the Opioid Crisis

Did you watch the 60 Minutes segment about the opioid crisis on October 15th, 2017? In case you missed it, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker interviewed ex-DEA Agent Joe Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. Rannazzisi, a whistleblower, said the opioid crisis was allowed to…

In response to my September 26, 2017 blog about Modernizing Marijuana Retail Stores, my friend Lea Claveran shared that she is using a CBD-based skin care product called CRAVE. CBD, also known as canabinoid cannabidiol, is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in marijuana and comes in oils, edibles, vapes, and flowers. In case…

On Thursday, July 27th, 2017 the Senate Appropriations Committee renewed an amendment which protects medical marijuana from federal interference. In other words, marijuana patients and providers cannot be prosecuted. The amendment had bipartisan support and passed with voice votes–which are used for non-controversial issues. The next step is for the amendment to be included in the final appropriations bill,…

–In the U.S., 52,404 people have died from opioid-related deaths; more than from car accidents or gun-related deaths. —Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton –“Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.” —Sam Quiones, NYT, June 16, 2017 –“Middle-of-the-road” white Americans without a college degree are the most impacted.—Jared Keller, Pacific Standard…