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    Drug Overdoses Killed 50,000 in U.S., More Than Car Crashes

    Overall, overdose deaths rose 11 percent last year, to 52,404. By comparison, the number of people who died in car crashes was 37,757, an increase of 12 percent. Gun deaths, including homicides and suicides, totaled 36,252, up 7 percent.

    Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Why?
    Why do people overdose on drugs? Probably because they are addicted to them and cannot stop without assistance.

    Further, though, the article seems to reflect only deaths from "drugs," not alcohol. I suspect the numbers, if alcohol were included, would be a lot higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Why do people overdose on drugs? Probably because they are addicted to them and cannot stop without assistance.

    Further, though, the article seems to reflect only deaths from "drugs," not alcohol. I suspect the numbers, if alcohol were included, would be a lot higher.
    More recently, it's due to drugs being cut with Fentanyl. It greatly reduces the window for overdose treatment.

    Some heroin dealers mix fentanyl powder with heroin to increase potency or compensate for low-quality heroin. In 2006, illegally manufactured, non-pharmaceutical fentanyl often mixed with cocaine or heroin caused an outbreak of overdose deaths in the United States and Canada, heavily concentrated in the cities of Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Detroit; and Philadelphia.
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    Went to 4 funerals in the last year of those we knew that died of overdoses. Horrific thing. Every single one of them got addicted through an injury where they were prescribed opioids and then the went into prescriptions and then over to heroin. Our doctors are to blame in my opinion. The saddest thing was one of the deaths was because a 16 year old girl was given an enormous prescription for painkillers when she had her wisdom teeth out. She took them all and couldn't stop. Led to harder and harder things. No reason for that doctor to have given a prescription like that. When I had my wisdom teeth out decades ago, the doctor told me to take OTC painkillers (Tylenol) and said it will get better with time.
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    America has a even worse than normal bad opiod problem.

    The study's researchers, from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Food and Drug Administration, found that the most frequently mentioned drugs on death certificates in fatal drug overdoses were multiple forms of opioids, stimulants and a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, often used to treat anxiety or insomnia. The researchers examined federal data from death certificates from 2010 to 2014.
    As Drug Overdose Deaths Escalate, Opioids Continue to Be the Top Killer - ABC News


    Its not the junkie shooting up in the back alley...It's the soccer mom and her teenaged son...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Why do people overdose on drugs? Probably because they are addicted to them and cannot stop without assistance.

    Further, though, the article seems to reflect only deaths from "drugs," not alcohol. I suspect the numbers, if alcohol were included, would be a lot higher.
    No doubt, and add in nicotine and the number would be higher still.

    It's mind boggling the number of people who die from drug abuse.

    Get on any California freeway, and see how many crazy drivers there are racing at 90+, and contemplate that more people die of heroin overdose than from traffic accidents.

    Then, you begin to wonder how many are driving under the influence.

    And then you begin to wonder how many truly sober people there are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    America has a even worse than normal bad opiod problem.



    As Drug Overdose Deaths Escalate, Opioids Continue to Be the Top Killer - ABC News


    Its not the junkie shooting up in the back alley...It's the soccer mom and her teenaged son...
    We just had a superintendent of a school system resign because he is addicted to heroin. Broke his hip three years ago and it spiraled out of control. Scary stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    America has a even worse than normal bad opiod problem.



    As Drug Overdose Deaths Escalate, Opioids Continue to Be the Top Killer - ABC News


    Its not the junkie shooting up in the back alley...It's the soccer mom and her teenaged son...
    Exactly. It's everyday Americans, taking hard drugs.
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    Here is the real irony:

    33,000 people die from firearms in the U.S. each year (this includes police actions, suicides, homicides, accidental shootings, etc.)

    50,000 people die due to drugs and we think if we legalize drugs, fewer people will die. If we criminalize guns, won't more people die from firearm deaths just like with illegal drugs?

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