U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who tightened the federal government’s grip on states with legal marijuana, has a new solution for those suffering from opioid addiction: Take two of the over-the-counter aspirin brand, Bufferin, pills.
Activists have long warned over what they dubbed as the opioid crisis, and believe marijuana could be a far less non-addictive substitute for those suffering from pain. However, after California legalized recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy, which allowed U.S. states to freely operate their legalized marijuana within their jurisdiction.
Sessions is like other cynics of marijuana; he believes it is a “gateway drug.”
However, speaking at a Heritage Foundation event to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s birthday on Tuesday night, Sessions unveiled some of his plan to put an end to the opioid crisis and that’s through more Bufferins and less marijuana.
Commenting on the 7 percent drop in opioid prescriptions last year, he said: “My goal in 2018 is to see a further decline.”
He added: “We think doctors are just prescribing too many.”
“Sometimes, you just need to take two Bufferins or something and go to bed.”
People on Twitter derided Sessions’ remarks.
#realDonaldTrump‘s puppet Jeff Sessions makes 2 ridiculous claims about the opioid crisis in less than a minute: “Sometimes, you just need to take two Bufferins or something and go to bed.”https://t.co/VXyD4iokxi via @thinkprogress
— Jeffrey M Miller (@jeffreymmiller) February 7, 2018
— איליין єℓαιηє ✡ 🍁 ❄ (@eBassSix) February 7, 2018
“Addictions start with marijuana too”
Sessions also reiterated his hardline stance on marijuana when he said drug addictions also starts with cannabis.
“We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana or other drugs too,” Sessions said, even though he said the Drug Enforcement Agency may think that “a huge percentage of heroin addictions start with prescriptions.”
However, this contradicts a recently released federally-funded study, which revealed that U.S. states which had medical marijuana dispensaries had “an approximately 20 percent decline in opioid overdose deaths associated with the passage of any state medical marijuana law.”
Meanwhile, figures from 2017 showed a record number of more than 66,000 Americans died because of drug overdoses despite the drop in opioid prescriptions, he said to back to his defense.