Marijuana isn’t the gateway drug pushing people to harder drugs, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“In so many cases, it isn’t trafficking rings that introduce a person to opioids. It’s the household medicine cabinet. That’s the source,” Lynch told students before fielding questions from the audience.

Asked by a student whether or not recreational marijuana could also lead down the same path of addiction the AG responded with:

“When we talk about heroin addiction, we usually, as we have mentioned, are talking about individuals that started out with a prescription drug problem, and then because they need more and more, they turn to heroin,”

“it is true that if you tend to experiment with a lot of things in life, you may be inclined to experiment with drugs, as well,”

Here’s the full video of her speech and remarks.

The Attorney General is speaking out about Opioid use due to President Obama declaring the week of September 16th as “Opioid Awareness Week.” Currently, 3.8M people are misusing prescription pain relievers according to the Attorney General.

Read the synopsis from SFGate.

Marco Lopez

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