Tue
Jan 23 2018
08:37 am

The opioid industry works hand in hand with the for profit prison industry to keep us enslaved. It's no secret that when the Tennessee legislature considered a proposal to let Tennesseans vote on legalized recreational cannabis they received huge payments from Big Pharma and Prison Corporations. We pay their salaries and lobbyists pay their campaign costs. We pay our taxes and they work for corporations. One time a couple of hundred years ago we had a revolution in this country over just such a thing. It was called...

"Taxation Without Representation!"

So why is this germane to Haslam's plan to fight opioids? Well it isn't an actual plan, just more cost to taxpayers for things we've been doing that haven't worked.

Educating children, making overdose-reversing drugs available to all state troopers and adding hundreds of prison beds to treat those fighting opioid addiction are part of Gov. Bill Haslam and legislative leaders' comprehensive $30 million proposal to combat the epidemic.

What has worked? Tight control over opioid prescriptions and legalized cannabis. Did you know this?...

One in four adults who are given an opioid prescription will become addicted. This very day, three people will die in Tennessee from opioid overdose.

Opioid use has dropped significantly in states with legal cannabis.

But until we take back control of our government from lobbyists we will never solve this problem.

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