Costs of Lifesaving Drugs Rising Faster than Inflation, Americans are More Likely to Die from an Opioid Overdose than a Car Crash …and Cannabis is Still Illegal

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A record 70,237 Americans died in 2017 due to drug overdoses according to findings just released in a disappointing report produced by the National Safety Council.

A deadly surge in the popularity of a synthetic opioid called Fentanyl – said to be 30-50x more potent than street heroin – has had such a devastating impact on our society that the life expectancy for Americans, which had enjoyed a relatively steady climb since the 1940’s has suddenly fallen into a disturbing decline and now rests at 78.6 years.

But the morsel from the report that is garnering the most attention in the media is the fact that in today’s America you are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than you are in an automobile accident.

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For Baby Boomers, 2018 Was The Year Of CBD. Get Ready For 2019

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2018 was the year CBD was on everyone’s lips, thanks to plenty of media buzz and the suddenly-ubiquitous presence of an array of CBD-infused beverages, lotions and self-care products. It was also the year “CBD gummies” reached No. 3 on Google’s most popular search terms. And I’m willing to go out on a limb that a significant portion of those searches were made by Baby Boomers.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis, is being touted as a natural remedy for chronic pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety, among other conditions. The research to prove CBD’s therapeutic outcomes is still largely forthcoming. But even without the science, it’s no wonder that adults over 50, who suffer most from these conditions, are behind one of the fastest growing market segments for CBD products.

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Saturday signed a bill legalizing industrial hemp, adding Illinois to a growing list of states that allow the growth of cannabis for non-drug purposes.

“Legalizing the farming of industrial hemp just makes good sense,” Rauner said in a statement. “Roughly 38 states — including our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee — have allowed or are considering allowing cultivation of this crop for commercial, research or pilot programs. Our farmers should have this option as well.”

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