CNN reports that US heroin deaths jump 533% since 2002. The number of heroin users has increased from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, this equates to a 135% increase. Damn. 2089 people died from related overdoses is 2002, and in 2016 approximately 13,219. Double damn. We have loss more people to drugs than in some wars. We are expected to have a whopping 71,600 deaths this year from drug overdoses. The US military saw 58,000 casualties during Vietnam.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news especially when it is in regards to a lovely lovely drink,such as the Moscow Mule. In case you didn't know, the drink typically contains, 4 oz of Ginger Beer, 1 1/2 oz of Vodka, and 1/6 oz of lime juice. This drink has surged in popularity in the past two years, most people had never heard of it before.
Unfortunately, in keeping up with the FDA guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods with a pH below 6. Some examples would be; vinegar, fruit juices, wine, and most definitely a Moscow Mule, whose pH level is WELL BELOW a 6.0. When the pH level is this low, there is a large risk that copper may be leached into the food or beverage.
Copper poisoning is a real thing. Sudden copper poisoning doesn't happen everyday... but uh serious health problems from too much exposure can happen, and it can happen to you.
There is a reason why your mama never cooked in copper, and I'm quite certain, this is it. According to the National Institutes of Health, copper consumption can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice, sever poisoning can cause liver failure and death. Be Well Good People.
- Chloe Aquil
"According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 6.5 million Americans reported taking prescription medication for non-medical uses—a number that represents 2.5% of the national population. More than 4 million of these individuals abusing prescription drugs reported abuse of pain relievers."
What is Percocet? Percocet is the combination of an over the counter common found household pain reliever and fever reducer, and an opioid analgesic, Acetaminophen and Oxycodone. The attraction can most often be contributed to the lethargic euphoric feeling, heightened pleasure, and the feelings of relaxation; however, it should be known that the side effects of Oxycodone are similar to that of heroin and morphine. No bueno.
Let's cut to the chase, overdose can lead to death. Too much acetaminophen will DESTROY your liver. JUST STOP IT, IT'S NOT WORTH IT! If you feel you are benefiting an any way, you most likely are trying to self medicate another medical issue that needs attending. I am sure a medical professional can get you on a much better path to comfort and recovery as the withdrawal symptoms from opioids are vicious, they include but are not limited to: panic attacks, flu-like symptoms, dizziness and sever muscle pain or weakness. ... Yea that's the goal.
Well it may be going up in smoke but it's not what you thought. All of the students at Alice Deal JHS and Woodrow Wilson HS can rest easy, no need to call bomb squad. Call off the EMTs and call DC NORML, as the suspicious "hand grenade" was only a grinder.
On July 14, 2016, New York City health officials issued an advisory about an increase in adverse events and emergency department visits related to synthetic cannabinoids (K2/Spice). From July 11 through July 13, 130people were taken to emergency rooms after suspected ingestion of these drugs, which are sold under many street names including Geeked Up, Smacked, Scooby Snax, Green Giant, Red Giant, M. Bad Guy, Trippy, Ice Dragon, AK-47, and Kick. Synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes called "fake weed" or "herbal incense," are chemically related to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, but they may be much more powerful. Their effects can be unpredictable and have caused death in some cases. In recent cases in New York City, some users' overdoses resemble opioid overdoses, including lethargy and suppression of breathing; in other cases they have exhibited agitated and violent behavior. The increase in emergency room admissions might indicate that the K2/Spice products circulating in the New York City area might be laced with other toxic chemicals. View Advisory (PDF, 61KB)
The history of Cannabis is multifold; whether one examines the more recent criminalized history here in the United States or the one where its’ production was encouraged by the government in the 17th century. Yes you read that correctly, in the 17th century, Cannabis and its’ cultivation were not only permitted but mandated by the government. Early settlers were required to grow pot, talk about a stoned age. Notable Marijuana farmers of the time were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Various scholars even attest to the Declaration of Independence being originally written on hemp paper; the official site disagrees – but can you really trust the government? Let me clarify, however, there is no evidence to substantiate that marijuana was being recreationally used in the manner that many consume Cannabis today. During this time period Marijuana was cultivated to be used for various medical purposes; in addition, it was grown to be used as textile or fabric in myriad ways – clothing, sails, rope etc. This acceptance lasted through the Civil War; after which, it was replaced by various domestic goods and imported products – with cotton being the main cash crop to take its’ place.
Music in the early 1900’s saw the revival of marijuana and recreational use boomed [consider revising this sentence]. However, the Mexican revolution brought countless immigrants (but really, we took their land...) into the southern United States and xenophobic fears arose. Propaganda emerged demonizing marijuana and instigating fears that Mexicans, “high on reefer,” would have sex with white women… this was seriously part of the reasoning These claims were nothing more than attempts at covering up the truth – criminalizing marijuana meant authorities could now control black and brown bodies. Studies arose in response to these claims – funded by biased parties – linking marijuana to criminally deviant behavior and to, “racially inferior,” communities. These studies, in addition to, various anti Marijuana propaganda being disseminated led to much legislation and the Marijuana tax act of 1937; this act effectively criminalized the use of marijuana outside of certain medically approved situations. Stricter sentencing laws surrounding Marijuana continued through the 1950’s, but was met with harsh resistance by the flower children of the 1960’s. Moving into the 1970’s saw no reprieve to a racially induced hysteria and thus we see the Controlled Substances Act. This act brought forth a classification system whereby the government told people that drugs would be ranked on a harmful scale. However, the scale was biased and aimed at attacking and criminalizing black and brown bodies – without harm as a consideration. The Controlled Substances Act paved the way for the cultural genocide known as the war on drugs. Countless people continued to be imprisoned as casualties of a war aimed at policing their bodies. Moving past the 1970’s and 80’s we see the start of a pop culture movement which aggrandizes the use of marijuana. Stigma and fear start to transition to the background and many states pass medical Marijuana legislations; and several states, as well as, the District of Columbia now practice legal recreational Marijuana use.
Much needs to be done to completely remove the stigma and change archaic laws but the nation seems to be coming full circle. It may be some time before farmers are mandated to grow marijuana again; but I bet it won’t be that long before the next person sparks up in our nation’s capital.