U.S. police no longer see marijuana as one of the biggest drug threats, According to a recent survey by Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA recently surveyed more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies about what they saw as the biggest drug threats.
Marijuana hit the bottom of the list of the recreational substances seen as a threat, with only 6% of the respondents calling it a big threat. Heroin topped the list, coming in as the biggest threat by 38% of the respondents closely followed by meth, called the biggest threat by 33% of the respondents. Interestingly, 15% of the respondents marked prescription painkillers as the biggest threat followed by cocaine at 7% and marijuana at 6%.
After rising drastically from 2007 to 2013, the threat posed by prescription painkillers has subsided considerably in the past two years.
There always has been a lot of debate over legalization of marijuana in the United States though its medicinal properties have been proven many times. Many countries like Canada, Australia and Mexico are already moving toward legalizing weed.
There are substances and foods much more lethal than marijuana that need more of our attention. With heroin and meth topping the list, there never is much hue and cry from government to discourage the use of these recreational substances. Prescribed painkillers are still a bigger threat than marijuana as per this recent survey. The threat posed by fast food and sodas can result in potential life threatening diseases, for example.