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Marijuana, alcohol didn't kill Adams

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Bears defensive end Gaines Adams had marijuana and alcohol in his system when he died, according to the Greenwood, S.C., Index-Journal.

Greenwood County Coroner Jim Coursey told the paper that neither substance contributed to his death.

Adams, 26, died suddenly on Jan. 17 of what was later described as cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

Adams had a blood-alcohol concentration of .021 percent, which is approximately one-fourth of the legal limit to drive a car.

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Maybe thats why he was not as good as he could have been. I dont know.But I do know that alot more NFL Pro Sports players smoke pot and drink alcohol just like the majority of the players fans and the overall public in general does one or the other or both. How could the public expect the ProSports players to have a lower percentage than the rest of the world in that regard? They are people just like us.
Personally I could care less as it was just a minor amount and his personal life in that regard is none of my concern I could care less about steroids as well, cause thats what I want to see, a big behemoth OG or OT taking on a strong/fast DE, and the stronger/faster the better it is for me the paying schmoe.
Non story but a good story that lets us know that Sports Stars are just like the public in general. Although I would think any amount at all with his condition would be a detriment to his health. Now if he were a major star, this woulda been played up big time. But the coroner has to make it public and the papers cant be expected not to run it either.

I'm not against weed by all means but since they did find "drugs" and alcohol in his systems when he died there is no way the Bears should get a COMP. Pick for Adams. I know a lot of Bear fans that the only thing they were concerned about when he died was if they were going to get compensated for him, not the fact that a person just lost their life. I'm sure Goodell will do the right thing and not reward the Bears with anything.

I really hope the educated people understand that many individuals smoke marijuana (many,many) and a lot of these people are police officers, nurses, doctors, teachers, scholars, athletes, quality parents, artists, etc. and many of them are either YOU or someone you know. So the last thing any reporter or any other degenerate needs to do is cast a dark, uneducated light on what was discovered. Go educate yourself on marijuana and find out the negative effects compared to positive effects, what you will find is a HUGE question on why Alcohol is legal and Pot is Not...

Yeah, I saw that in another publication. I don't really want to get into how I feel on drug usage given that Adams passed away, because I have family members that are caught up in the same thing and I wouldn't like to see negative things said/written about them for it if they ever died prematurely.

Still, it's sad to see this.

Did we really need to know this? Jeez, leave the kid in peace.

So essentially, based on the report, he had a two beers and smoked a joint.

Who cares?

If you did random samples of people across the nation, and in all professions, a large number would have the same results.

It's only in sports where people are expected to live holier than thou, which makes absolutely no sense.

Of course marijuana didn't kill him....

I've known at least two-hundred people who have been killed by cigarettes.

I've known at least that many people who have been killed by the bottle.

And yet I have never known another human being who died from too much grass.

I am not even aware of it happening in all recorded human history.

Can someone please explain to me why we still having this stupid conversation in the year 2010? It's embarrassing.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan

The amount of marijuana that is required to kill a person is so large you would die from sheer volume of the material well before you could ever effectively overdose.. Any lies contrary is just more of the stagnant Reefer Madness propaganda that rules sensationalist media!

Learn the truth:

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/marijuana-is-the-flame-heroin-is-the-fuse-lsd-is-the-bomb--3

Tom, marijuana smoke is known to contain several carcinogens or cancer causing agents such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and carbon monoxide. Although, it is suggested that due to the THC in marijuana, the drug does not increase your risk of lung cancer.

I know of people who died form smoking that stuff from either repiratory complications or cancer (mouth cancer specifically) including a 15 year old who went to my high school.

Any drugs, even over the counter medications like Advil or Tylenol can have adverse side effects on the body; especially if they are abused.

There is also the fact that it alters your sense of perception and anyone who ingests the drug and then operates any type of machinery or a motorized vehicle can harm themselves and others.

So now you are aware of it, and maybe next time you will think and do some research before opening your mouth.

Mike,

It is you that should educate yourself. Just one of countless studies is called:

Marijuana use and mortality.

S Sidney, J E Beck, I S Tekawa, C P Quesenberry, and G D Friedman
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program (Northern California Region), Oakland 94611, USA.

Study done with 65,000 people found there were no increases in death between marijuana users.. This is a long term study and many follow up years by a group that has no vested interest in marijuana being made legal. This is with the main method of ingestion being smoked and includes ANY deaths at all. There are no overdose deaths created by marijuana period and it is proven to cause no increase in risk of death for anything at all amongst its users.

Your claims are false and not even convincing in the least.

Mike,

It is you that should educate yourself. Just one of countless studies is called:

Marijuana use and mortality.

S Sidney, J E Beck, I S Tekawa, C P Quesenberry, and G D Friedman
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program (Northern California Region), Oakland 94611, USA.

Study done with 65,000 people found there were no increases in death between marijuana users.. This is a long term study and many follow up years by a group that has no vested interest in marijuana being made legal. This is with the main method of ingestion being smoked and includes ANY deaths at all. There are no overdose deaths created by marijuana period and it is proven to cause no increase in risk of death for anything at all amongst its users.

Your claims are false and not even convincing in the least.

"Your claims are false and not even convincing in the least." -chmmrx

Aww man, why do I always get into arguments with these LEEGUH-LIZE POT NOWWW!!! or MAKE-UH HEMP LEGAL! hippies? I guess it's just my love of the truth.

Ok, so my claims are false huh? Ok, well here are my claims:

1.)"marijuana smoke is known to contain several carcinogens or cancer causing agents such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and carbon monoxide."

It's simply a scientific fact that those chemical compounds are present in marijuana smoke.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_cannabis#Harm_reduction

2.)"I know of people who died form smoking that stuff."

I can't really give you a link to that but there was a freshman at Loyola Academy in Willmette who died from respiratory complications due to smoking weed in '99.

3.) Any drugs, even over the counter medications like Advil or Tylenol can have adverse side effects on the body.

That should be common sense.

4.)"it alters your sense of perception and anyone who ingests the drug and then operates any type of machinery or a motorized vehicle can harm themselves and others."

That should also be common sense but here anyway:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20051201/marijuana-raises-risk-of-fatal-car-crash

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/la052708.html

So there you have it, I backed up everyone of my "claims." Oh, and I never said a thing about overdosing on marijuana. You brought that up.

Maybe you should refrain from posting in an altered state of mind.

I'm with you Zoran.

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