Unfortunately, many fail to realize that the main purpose of our beloved main stream media is to sell fear, because fear sells better. An spike in accidents is rather common around this time of year, even in the months preceding due to all the holidays and the weather. As to the "epidemics", just how many do you personally know using it?
Sure, I freely admit that before I become homeless, I was addicted to prescription painkillers. My "pusher" was the doctor who prescribed me just about anything and in quantity. This was all under the pseudonym called "pain management" from a work injury. On the streets and homeless, you find out quickly that many others around you have addiction and mental problems. All those panhandlers one sees, many use their profits for the purchase of legal and illegal substances to satisfy their habits, that's where your money goes if you give them cash. Just about anything is available, for a price. I've been clean and sober going on 7 years now.
Again, many listen too much to the main stream media that are selling fear. Yes, the shops now selling marijuana are selling a much more potent product. But very little of that same product is on the streets mainly due to price and availability. What one sees mainly on the streets is the same old ragweed that has been around forever. Simple economics: That store bought goes for well over $20 a gram. One can easily get well over 28 grams of ragweed for the same price.
Personally, I feel that anyone caught driving while impaired should have their license revoked permanently and get years of hard time if caught without a license. But that is my opinion.
And on to the main subject:
The Oklahoma Joe smoker has a custom stainless steel tuning plate that I fabricobbled together from a piece of ⅛" sheet. Sealed all the gaps with copper high temp sealant, high temp gasket on the lid, made a charcoal box from perforated steel and added another temp gauge. Temps ate about ±10° from side to side in the cooking chamber. Put the finished product up on cement blocks for easier access since I'm a bit taller than most.
After smoking for many years (10+) with a New Braunfels smoker, I like a more intense smoke flavor to my meats and other than one can buy in stores. Sadly, I lost everything when I became homeless. Slowly getting back the things I lost.