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Poisoning is on the Rise!

The Bible verse, "Thus shalt not suffer (allow) a witch to live" in Exodus 22:18 has long been a burden for Wiccans, but it's a Medieval mistranslation (which may have even been intentional)--it REALLY should read, "Thou shalt not suffer a POISONER to live." This just goes to show how long poison has been with us as a form of (often secret) murder. It's an ancient way to kill someone, but that doesn't mean it's not still in use.

A first-of-a-kind national report reveals that more than 14,720 emergency department visits were caused by drug-related intentional poisonings during 2009 (the latest year with available data). The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the majority of those visits (63%) were by females, and that 73% of the visits were by people aged 21 or older.

The report showed that a wide variety of substances were involved in these intentional poisonings, including alcohol, illicit drugs, and pharmaceuticals, as well as substances for which patients lacked knowledge about the specific drug(s). Alcohol was a factor in 60% of these intentional poisoning-related emergency department visits. Illicit drugs such as marijuana, stimulants, cocaine and Ecstasy were involved 30% of the time. Pharmaceuticals such as drugs for insomnia, anxiety, benzodiazepines and pain relievers appear to have been involved in 21% of these intentional poisoning cases. Alcohol and drug combinations were involved in almost half (46%) of the emergency department visit cases linked to intentional poisonings.

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde says, "The danger of being tricked into ingesting an unknown substance is all too real at bars, raves, parties or concerts where alcohol and other substances are shared in a social manner. Not only is the health of the person who is poisoned compromised they are in jeopardy of falling prey to other crimes such as robbery and sexual assault. Clearly some common sense precautions like being aware can go a long way in protecting oneself from people with malicious intent."

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her e we go again. the inclusion of marijuana in the above list is erronious. having personally spoken to three career ER doctors all of which averaged 20 years service, i know that unlaced pure pot does not poison. One doc said the only ER visits he'd seen for pot was from people so high it scared the hell outta them, but no physical danger existed. This Myth of lethality is continually \mouthed to justify its continued ban. true it does make your brain hazy, your reactions crap and your inhabitions lower. Sounds alot like alcohol doesnt it? except for the getting blitzed and pummeling someone or being an angry ass. To quote Bill Maher, "Ive never known someone to get high and go home to beat his wife... i know a few who forgot to. (domestic violence is bad so dont rebut on this point just laugh). So, legalize it, regulate it, tax it and accept it. or ban it's kissing cousin alcohol and be even handed.

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