I Still Don't Prescribe Heroin

Not long ago, I gave my take on the absurdity of linking the use of legally prescribed narcotic pain relievers with the nationwide heroin "epidemic." Recent studies have demonstrated that poly-drug use progressing to heroin is the most common path leading to heroin use.  That path mostly begins with alcohol and continues through cannabis, pills, psychedelics/hallucinogens, and cocaine, until finally reaching heroin.  Also of note is that the escalation from marijuana to heroin occurs three times more frequently than that from narcotics to heroin.   A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine noted that in a recent survey of 22.2 million people using cannabis in the last 30 days, 90% were using it for recreational, not medical purposes. Beginning with California in 1996 and as of late December, 28 states and D.C. have enacted laws for the "medical" use of marijuana, though medical studies have not clearly...(Read Full Article)