Same Government that Locks People in Jail for Cannabis, Just Approved OxyContin for Young Children

The harmful side effects of opioids are virtually limitless
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Washington, D.C. — The evidence is undisputable. Cannabis is an incredibly beneficial plant with medical applications that humanity has only begun to explore. Its harmful side effects are nearly non-existent, and no evidence to date has shown that anyone has ever died from it.

The evidence is undisputable. OxyContin and other opioid-based prescription drugs have a small range of uses from pain management to cough relief. The harmful side effects of opioids are virtually limitless. They are highly addictive, sicken tens of thousands of people a year and kill thousands.

Of course, opioids have a place in medicine as they are used to treat severe pain. However, they are incredibly dangerous.

Cannabis can also be used to treat severe pain. In fact, cannabis has shown some incredible promise in reversing the harmful effects of debilitating, painful, and deadly seizures in children.

The main difference between cannabis and opioid medication, however, is that government agents won’t kick down your door in the middle of the night, shoot your dog, and kidnap and cage you if you have doctor-prescribed OxyContin.

So far in the US, 23 states, and Washington, D.C. have legalized cannabis for medical use. However, in all but five of those states, it is nearly impossible to obtain. In the other 27 states, police will deprive you of your freedom for possessing it.

Marijuana kills no one.

Not only does marijuana not kill people, but a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine found that states with medical cannabis laws had significantly lower rates of opioid overdose mortality. That’s right, in states where medicinal marijuana is legal, deaths from OxyContin are significantly less.

The irony here is that OxyContin is legal in all 50 states, it ruins lives, ends lives, and yet still, the government signs off on the ability of doctors to give it away like candy. Of course, no one is saying that these drugs should be illegal either, but the fact that marijuana is illegal while these dangerous opioid drugs are legal is a travesty.

The painful irony does not stop there, however.

Tens of thousands of children suffer from epilepsy in this country. Of those tens of thousands, only a very small handful have access to the potential benefits of cannabis. The rest face losing their parents to fines and imprisonment for attempting to alleviate their debilitating diseases.

However, if you are a child who wants to start a regime of deadly opioid drugs, this is now perfectly legal.

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved the use of OxyContin for children as young as 11.

According to NBC News, 

Dr. Sharon Hertz, director of new anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products for the FDA, said studies by Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Connecticut, which manufactures the drug, “supported a new pediatric indication for OxyContin in patients 11 to 16 years old and provided prescribers with helpful information about the use of OxyContin in pediatric patients.”

This move by the FDA is a glaring kick to the face of parents of suffering children who could benefit from the potential effects of cannabis. To say that kids can now have OxyContin while keeping marijuana illegal, is nothing short of pure insanity!

If ever you needed proof that the state is not at all interested in the well-being of the citizens, and only engaged in enriching the special interests who profit from their corporatist ties, this is it.

This decision is shameful, and it deserves to be spread. Please share this article with your friends and family to highlight the blatant hypocrisy of a government that pretends to keep you safe, while doing the exact opposite.

~~  Matt Agorist - The Free Thought Project ~~

Lice in at Least 25 States Show Resistance to Common Treatments

BOSTON, MA—For students, the start of the school year means new classes, new friends, homework and sports. It also brings the threat of head lice. The itch-inducing pests lead to missed school days and frustrated parents, who could have even more reason to be wary of the bug this year. Scientists report that lice populations in at least 25 states have developed resistance to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by doctors and schools.

The researchers are presenting their work today at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting features more than 9,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics and is being held here through Thursday.

“We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.,“ says Kyong Yoon, Ph.D. “What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.“

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Lice populations in the states in pink have developed
a high level of resistance to some of the most common treatments.

Pyrethroids are a family of insecticides used widely indoors and outdoors to control mosquitoes and other insects. It includes permethrin, the active ingredient in some of the most common lice treatments sold at drug stores.

Yoon, who is with Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, explains that the momentum toward widespread pyrethroid-resistant lice has been building for years. The first report on this development came from Israel in the late 1990s. Yoon became one of the first to report the phenomenon in the U.S. in 2000 when he was a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“I was working on insecticide metabolism in a potato beetle when my mentor, John Clark, suggested I look into the resurgence of head lice,“ he says. “I asked him in what country and was surprised when he said the U.S.“

Intrigued, Yoon followed up on the lead and contacted schools near the university to collect samples. He suspected that the lice had developed resistance to the most common insecticides people were using to combat the bugs. So he tested the pests for a trio of genetic mutations known collectively as kdr, which stands for “knock-down resistance.“ kdr mutations had initially been found in house flies in the late ‘70s after farmers and others had shifted to pyrethroids from DDT and other harsh insecticides.

Yoon found that many of the lice did indeed have kdr mutations, which affect an insect’s nervous system and desensitize them to pyrethroids. Since then, he has expanded his survey.

In the most recent study, he cast the widest net yet, gathering lice from 30 states with the help of a broad network of public health workers. Population samples with all three genetic mutations associated with kdr came from 25 states, including California, Texas, Florida and Maine. Having all the mutations means these populations are the most resistant to pyrethroids. Samples from four states—New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon—had one, two or three mutations. The only state with a population of lice still largely susceptible to the insecticide was Michigan. Why lice haven’t developed resistance there is still under investigation, Yoon says.

The solution? Yoon says that lice can still be controlled by using different chemicals, some of which are available only by prescription.

But the situation also offers a cautionary tale. “If you use a chemical over and over, these little creatures will eventually develop resistance,“ Yoon says. “So we have to think before we use a treatment. The good news is head lice don’t carry disease. They’re more a nuisance than anything else.“

Bring a Bit of Nature into Your Living Space — and Purify Your Air

20 Houseplants That Can Clear Toxins From Your Home

Bringing a bit of nature into your home does more than brighten the atmosphere. Introducing houseplants into various rooms in the house can help reduce the chance of getting seasonal sicknesses (such as the common cold), remove airborne contaminants (volatile organic compounds [or VOCs]), reduce the chance of headaches, lift your mood, decrease your blood pressure, reduce allergies, improve sleep and much more.

The 20 plants listed below are specifically known for their air purifying properties. And while an open window may feel like all the fresh air you need, did you know that everything from toilet paper to common household cleaners can contain chemicals and release toxins like formaldehyde? Or that VOCs like benzene can be released into the air by everything from the paint on your walls, to the printed material found in your home?

So why not breathe a bit easier and enjoy the beauty of a new houseplant at the same time?

(All plants listed will clear CO2 and may clear more VOCs than noted.)

1. Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures): Clears formaldehyde and other VOCs.

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2. Ficus Alii (Ficus maeleilandii alii): Good general air purifier.

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3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Clears benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

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4. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa): Good general air purifier.

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5. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’): Clears formaldehyde.

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6. Aloe: Clears formaldehyde and benzene.

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7. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Clears formaldehyde.

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8. Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii): Clears formaldehyde and xylene.

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9. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’): Clears air pollutants and toxins.

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10. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium): Clears benzene.

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11. Gerber Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii): Clears trichloroethylene and benzene.

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12. Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata): Clears xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

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13. Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina): Clears formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene

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14. English Ivy (Hedera helix): Clears airborne fecal-matter particles.

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15. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii): Clears formaldehyde.

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16. Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.

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17. Warneck Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’): Clears pollutants such as those associated with varnishes and oils.

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18. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis): Clears formaldehyde.

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19. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): Clears benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

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20. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

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Bon Appétit: Jerusalem Water Salad

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Serving size: 2 servings

  2 small, firm tomatoes (Campari size)
  1 small Persian cucumber
  2 scallions
  1 medium red bell pepper (may substitute 1/2 red bell pepper and 1/2 yellow bell pepper)
  About 10 small red radishes or 5 French breakfast radishes
  1 clove garlic
  Scant 1 cup water
  1/2 large lemon
  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  Pinch freshly ground black pepper or Aleppo pepper


Seed the tomatoes, then cut them into small dice and transfer to a large glass bowl. Cut the cucumber, scallions, bell pepper and radishes into small dice, transferring them to the bowl as you work.

Use the flat side of a knife to smash the garlic, then crush and work it into almost a paste; add to the bowl. Add half of the water; stir until well incorporated; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Just before serving, squeeze the lemon’s juice into the bowl, then stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of water, the salt and pepper. Divide between wide, shallow bowls; eat while it’s fairly chilled.

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