Death toll remains zero for marijuana users

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Many states have experienced a somewhat recent change in marijuana policy. The overdose death rate report was updated last month by the Centers for Disease Control, and according to the Huffington Post there is still no record of a marijuana overdose.

“Drinking a mere 10 times the normal amount of alcohol within 5 or 10 minutes can prove fatal, whereas smoking or eating marijuana might require something like 1,000 times the usual dose to cause death,” as written in the CDC report.


For just about every other drug statistics show the opposite. The number of alcohol, prescription and illicit drug overdoses increased substantially in 2014. The CDC is calling it an epidemic.

Illicit drug abuse killed 17,465 people last year. This number does not include prescription drug overdose, at 25,760 in 2014, which also increased dramatically. Opiate overdose is up 14 percent from 2013, and 30,700 Americans died from drinking too much alcohol last year.

These numbers suggest a large increase in drug use in the United States. To read more about the report, check out the full Huffington Post article. The official toll can be found here.