According to an article in United States edition of The Huffington Post dated September 3, overdose deaths were responsible for 38,329 deaths in 2010 of which sixty percent were prescription drug-related. In the same year, 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes while cannabis has NEVER been recorded to have killed anyone.
Not a single person has ever died from a THC overdose. A cannabis smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.
Some police groups make a number of controversial claims about cannabis but scientific studies have not been able to prove their claims conclusively. Research has also suggested that THC has significant therapeutic value to patients suffering from cancer, AIDS or glaucoma.
The rise in overdose deaths in the US parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of strong painkillers. These drugs were involved in14,800 overdose deaths in 2008. This is more than cocaine and heroin combined. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/prescription-drug-overdose-deaths-increased-for-the-11th-year-a-row
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