Aa by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

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A dozen more states are considering legislation this year [2010] to make marijuana available for medical use. In California, the epicenter of what some describe as de facto legalization, voters will decide in November [2010] on whether marijuana’s recreational use should be legalized, taxed, and regulated. Meanwhile, public opinion polls continue to show growing acceptance for legalizing marijuana for personal use. An October Gallup poll found that 44% of adults favored legalizing marijuana, a group that’s grown between 1% and 2% every year since 2000.

D. ” This section is based on data from SAMHSA’s 2004–2008 DAWN reports. cfm. gov), July 2010. Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980–2008 In 2008, over 41,000 people died as a result of a poisoning. One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives is to reduce fatal poisonings in the United States. However, poisoning mortality increased during the Healthy People 2010 tracking period. Drugs—both legal and ­illegal—cause the vast majority of poisoning deaths. Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs, including opioid analgesic pain relievers, is responsible for much of the increase in drug poisoning deaths.

C. C. ) Schedule I Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of schedule I drugs are heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote. 28 Understanding the Legal Use of Controlled Substances Schedule II Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.

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