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Visits Dramatically Rise
Marijuana has often been viewed
as one of the milder illicit drugs, but new data from the
Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) shows that the increased
potency of the drug has left many Americans getting more than
they bargained for.
Released recently by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA), the 2002 DAWN survey showed a dramatic increase in
marijuana-related emergency room visits. Overall incidents
showed a 24 percent increase in the last two years. Though in
past most of these incidents included a mixture of drugs
being reported, the number of ER visits for only marijuana
rose 45 percent.
In the SAMHSA release John
Walters, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy
said, “This report proves that marijuana is more
harmful than many people think.” Walters continued to
say, “The rising levels of marijuana potency that
we’ve seen over the last several years correspond with
dramatic increase in people seeking emergency medical care
for marijuana-related incidents.”
Dating back even further, the
number of marijuana mentions in hospital emergency rooms has
more than doubled since 1995. Despite this overwhelming data,
there are still those people and groups that are in favor of
What these advocates fail to
mention is the truth about what the drug actually does to a
person, such as damaging the lungs, nerves and brain. There
are over 400 chemicals found in marijuana smoke and 60 of
them have been proven to cause cancer.
Marijuana contains the neurotoxin
THC, which is a poison that affects the brain and nerves.
When someone smokes pot, two things happen two them: 1) There
is an almost immediate burn-up of vitamins and minerals in
the body. 2) The nerves in the body go numb.
These two things happen every
time someone takes the drug and it causes that person’s
health to steadily decrease. A person’s tolerance to
the drug also builds and eventually the person has to smoke
pot almost continuously just to feel somewhat normal because
they have caused so much damage to themselves.
effects also last well beyond the initial use. THC is
lipophilic, meaning the chemical is fat-bonding and gets
stored inside a person’s body for weeks, months and
even years after use ceases.
American author and humanitarian
L. Ron Hubbard did extensive research in the field of drug
use and rehabilitation and discovered that the stored drug
particles can be released back into the bloodstream at later
periods and continue to cause further damage and drug
cravings. In his research, Hubbard also developed a dry-heat
sauna detoxification program that is totally drug-free and
rids the body of the old drug residues and restores health.
This highly effective method of detoxification is used at
Narconon® drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around
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