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America currently faces one of the largest epidemics in modern history: the opioid crisis. Given that cannabis has been in prohibition for so many decades by the US Government, other forms of pain management have proliferated. Specifically, Big Pharma has been able to develop (without checks and balances) synthetic painkillers that are being prescribed in great numbers to millions of individuals around the country. The system is completely broken and poses grave dangers to society.
Synthetic painkillers, put simply, are dangerous. Their addictive and lethal potential is real, and is not normally discussed in doctors offices when physicians prescribe these medications to patients. People come in and complain about various issues they are having in their daily lives, and leave their doctors offices with fresh scripts for things like Xanax, OxyContin, Morphine and other dangerous substances, while the physicians that prescribe them get rewarded by drug companies with kickbacks for each script they write. With this alignment of incentives, it is not surprising that, despite the risks that these drugs present to patients, physicians have seemingly no problem in continuing to prescribe them at increasing rates. After all, money is a huge motivating factor that perpetuates the problem.
Each day in the US, over 115 people overdose and die from a prescription opioid. These numbers have been steadily increasing over the years at an alarming rate and show no signs of slowing down. 240 million prescriptions are written each year for opioid painkillers and between the years 1999 and 2016, over 630,000 people have overdosed and died from them. This is a major societal issue that needs to be addressed.
We’re on a mission to elevate the status of cannabis as a replacement for pills. Cannabis is an all-natural alternative that is plant-based and offers a similar efficacy profile to opioids in terms of pain management but without the lethal or addictive potential. We believe that cannabis has the ability to help us curtail the opioid epidemic this country currently faces and we are committed to spreading its awareness and furthering cannabis’ place as a staple in health and wellness for years to come.
In order to realize our mission, we are donating a portion of every Silk Road product sold to combat the addiction epidemic and increase access to quality, safe cannabis-based medicines for consumers everywhere. The time to act is now, and we think it’s the right thing to do in order to stop this deadly epidemic from claiming any more lives than it already has. The government isn’t acting to stop it, so it’s up to the private sector to take action. Each purchase of a Silk Road product directly benefits this cause, and we thank you for your support as we work towards ending this crisis once and for all.
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