MARIJUANA USE CONTINUES TO CLIMB WORLDWIDE – Scientists at the University of Washington have announced that not only is the use of marijuana on the increase it is now the most widely used of all the illegal narcotics.
Normally these types of revelations then involve the number of deaths and in this case its true, but for a completely different reason.
Marijuana not only kills less people per year than any other Class A narcotics, such as Heroin and Cocaine, it also kills less people than those using prescription painkillers, such as vicodin, oxycontin and codeine; which are responsible for over 78,000 deaths worldwide per year.
The study by Washington University also looked closely into age groups and sexes who used illegal narcotics and discovered that use is most prevalent in males during their 20’s and it is also this group that is most vulnerable to long-term addiction.
On another aspect, scientist disseminated is that the largest proportion of narcotic related deaths around the world tend to be in those countries that actively take a hard-line against illegal narcotics.
This is attributable to people going ‘underground’ to use narcotics and in the process using equipment, notably needles, which were not safe.
Countries that took a softer approach with open clinics that helped people slowly wean off their addiction had a much higher survival and success rate of getting people off drugs.
The National Addiction Centre, at King’s College London, also noted a sharp rise in the abusive use of prescription drugs which it stated has become more problematic in the last decade and will continue to grow unless health officials start taking positive action to curb overall use.
We often consider AIDS to be the world’s ultimate killer and yet prescription drugs, especially those used for depression and schizophrenia kill more people worldwide than AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), diabetes or even road accidents.
Some scientists are suggesting governments who take a hard-line approach to drugs might do better if they treated the use of narcotics in the same way they do tobacco smoking and use methods of clear health warnings and even taxation in order to reduce overall use.
Whilst marijuana use is still a federal offence in the U.S there are a number of states that now allow its use and notably many scientists and medical experts are looking deeper into the health properties of marijuana use.