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New Statistics On Marijuana Related Deaths Might Surprise You

According to MedicalMarijauna, there are now 24 states that have legalized marijuana in one form or another, with Pennsylvania signing on as recently as 2 days ago.

Today, April 20, 2016, there are people all across America getting high as giraffe a$$. While we’re certainly not encouraging that you pull a Waka Flocka, we also came across this interesting study in the HuffingtonPost that should help you feel a bit more secure with your THC intake.

In 2015, the rate of absolutely zero deaths from a marijuana overdose remained steady from the year before, according to figures released in December by the Centers for Disease Control. But while Americans aren’t dying as a result of marijuana overdoses, the same can’t be said for a range of other substances, both legal and illicit.

A total of 17,465 people died from overdosing on illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine in 2014, while 25,760 people died from overdosing on prescription drugs, including painkillers and tranquilizers like Valium, according to CDC figures.

Opioid overdose levels rose so sharply in 2014 — spiking 14 percent from the previous year — the CDC described the levels as “epidemic.”

“More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record,” the CDC reported earlier this month.

Alcohol, an even more accessible substance, is killing Americans at a rate not seen in roughly 35 years, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal data. The more than 30,700 Americans who died from alcohol-induced causes last year doesn’t include alcohol-related deaths like drunk driving or accidents; if it did, the death toll would be more than two and a half times higher.

Long and the short of it is, if you smoke enough and eat enough edibles, you might feel like you want to die, but you’ll probably just go to sleep.

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