“In 33 years of practicing medicine, never has anyone come to the hospital suffering from an overdose where cannabis was the sole cause.”
So says a 33-year veteran of the medical field, a man named Dr. Christopher Prince.
Dr. Prince is a full-time, fully licensed medical practitioner in the state of Michigan and he is one of a growing cadre of medical professionals nationwide who finally feel like they can not only express their personal opinions, but also share their professional observations to clear the air when it comes to cannabis.
The good doctor has also been outspoken about the role that many of his colleagues have played in perpetuating the debunked myths and Reefer Madness scare tactics that have been deployed against marijuana for decades. He takes it a step further and assigns blame to the professional medical community for the proliferation of synthetic painkiller abuse as a mainstream alternative to a natural healer like cannabis.
It’s no secret that the U.S. is mired in an opioid abuse crisis the likes of which this nation has never seen, but Dr. Prince warns that although prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Norco, and others are certainly dangerously addictive and potentially deadly, there is another killer in your medicine cabinet.
“Tylenol and aspirin, in my opinion, are two of the most lethal painkillers out there,” says Dr. Prince, adding, “because you can self-medicate, and there’s no prescription required. They work well, but you start dealing with the abuse potential.”
That’s right, “abuse potential” for aspirin.
A recent study out of Oxford University found that upwards of 3,000 deaths occur each year due to daily aspirin use. Most often, the deceased thought they were making a smart health decision by ingesting the blood-thinning, over-the-counter meds that can be found in every household across America.
It turns out, a 50-year-old man taking a full-sized, 325 mg aspirin every day to prevent heart disease and stroke carries a risk of 10.4 deaths per 100,000 men per year over and above their standard death risk.
By comparison, being a firefighter carries a risk of 10.6 deaths per 100,000 people per year putting aspirin right on par with one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.
To put it even further into perspective, using your cell phone while driving only bumps fatality risk up by 1.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Daily aspirin is, apparently, nearly 10x riskier.
Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control reported that there were 70,652 known deaths attributed to drug overdose in the US in 2017 alone.
You’ve got opioids, heroin, cocaine, meth, and it turns out even aspirin and Tylenol, killing tens of thousands of Americans each and every year.
You know what doesn’t appear on that list?
Not even one death?
That’s right – cannabis.
Don’t get us started on alcohol-related deaths each year in the US where booze is literally sold in pharmacies… or the fact that around 1,000 people are killed by police officers each year…
70 people die every year eating hot dogs. Lightning strikes kill another 31 unfortunate souls. 8 more dumbasses died last year taking selfies (#Darwinism)
All of those instances are more dangerous than cannabis and, finally, pretty much everyone knows it.