Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

How Can Marijuana Help In Our Countries Drug Abuse Problem

Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health- Shines light on substance abuse, and Rhode Island U.S Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is taking a stand.

In the report, according to Whitehouse’s office, the Surgeon General finds that

“Alcohol and drug misuse and related disorders are major public health challenges that are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, and society,” adding that last year alone, “over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, and over 66 million people (nearly a quarter of the adult and adolescent population) reported drinking in the past month.” U.S Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse issued this comment.

“For too long, we tended to think of substance abuse as a moral failing rather than the dangerous disease that is. Thankfully, that’s starting to change. The Surgeon General’s report and other new research are showing how substance disorders work and how best to treat them. Congress passed my comprehensive addiction and recovery legislation to fundamentally change the federal government’s approach to solving this problem. And states like Rhode Island are putting together good plans of their own that fit the specific needs of their communities. Addiction is a powerful illness and recovery is a long and difficult path, but we are making progress.”

The full report is available here.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s report is “the first comprehensive study compiled by the federal government’s top public health spokesman examining the toll of substance misuse in America and the best available knowledge to address it,”

Marijuana And Drug Abuse

According to a new study published  by the National Institute of Health, Marijuana may be an effective treatment in curing people of addiction from hard drugs (ie. cocaine and amphetamines).

According to researchers, this study “presents an up-to-date review with deep insights into the pivotal role of the ECS [endocannabinod system]in the neurobiology of stimulant addiction and the effects of its modulation on addictive behaviors.” They state that; “A growing number of studies support a critical role of the ECBS and its modulation by synthetic or natural cannabinoids in various neurobiological and behavioral aspects of stimulants addiction.”

Researchers found that “cannabinoids modulate brain reward systems closely involved in stimulants addiction, and provide further evidence that the cannabinoid system could be explored as a potential drug discovery target for treating addiction across different classes of stimulants.”

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