Drug Deaths Per Year
Overdoses Illegal Hard Drugs**
Overdoses Legal Drugs**
* Federal Center for Disease Control 1990
** U.S. Public Health Service 1988
*** Environmental Protection Agency 1990
|Despite the frenzy over Crack,
Cocaine, PCP and Heroin the government reported total deaths
in 1986 as 3,563. NBC Television News reported 1,600 Crack
- Cocaine deaths in 1989. Data from the American Cancer Society,
confirmed by the U.S. Surgeon General, shows more people die
in two days from cigarette smoking than from crack and cocaine
in the entire year.
The Surgeon General's report shows almost 10,000
people a month die from alcohol abuse.
|Your tax dollars still go for
U.S government price support payments to Tobacco farmers, who
are selling a very slow acting, but very deadly drug. Surgeon
General DR. C. Everett Koop in his The Health Consequences
of Smoking, reported: "Nicotine is every bit as addicting as
heroin and cocaine." Dr. Lester Greenspoon of Harvard Medical
school said, "If cigarettes were prohibited, there would be
a black market and people would kill over territory for selling
Entire branches of the medical profession are devoted
to dealing with the lung and cancer diseases which are almost entirely
an outgrowth of cigarette use. The American Cancer Society states
that forty two million dollars a year are spent on medical care and
lost productivity due to smoking.
|Alcohol abuse, leads to severe
kidney, liver, and heart problems. Alcohol is not even considered
a drug by advocates of urine testing. Yet the number of babies
stillborn last year because of mothers' alcohol abuse during
pregnancy was greater than the number of people who died from
crack and cocaine use. While the headlines scream about crack,
the government doesn't even require a warning label on bottles
of alcohol. The Federal Railroad Administration cited 77 train
accidents to show the need for anti-drug tests. But investigation
of the accidents showed the sole cause in 73 accidents was
alcohol, while marijuana was mentioned twice, once in combination
with alcohol and methamphetamine. The Center for Disease Control
reports that in 1987 23,630 deaths, or 51% of all automobile
fatalities, involved alcohol.
|Approximately 90% of the calls
coming into Byrd Labs concern marijuana use. Byrd Labs has
deduced during the last two years, after conversing with thousands
of worried job holders, that Urine testing is essentially an
anti-marijuana campaign. Most employees can't afford cocaine
and it passes out of the system quickly - in two to three days.
But, THC residues may stay in the system more than a month.
usually smoked after work or on the weekends. As one woman
caller put it, "I want my husband to smoke pot when he comes
home, stressed out , from work. It keeps peace in the family."
|Drug over-use is bad for both
the individual and the culture. But legislation passed by drinkers
and smokers, to stop people from using other drugs is self-defeating.
If one drug like cocaine is suppressed, synthetic substitutes
are easily available. The principal drug abused by junior high
school students are inhalants. Almost two thirds of have tried
liquid paper. We can't ban everything.
|Our culture teaches - "Drugs
work". They're advertised as instant and attractive remedies
on television. Our culture teaches when illness occurs, one
rushes to the doctor, not for acupuncture, herbs, or other
holistic remedies, but for drugs. It's hard to convince people
who can't afford a "family doctor" that street drug use is
Politicians have enhanced their position by decrying
certain substances - even herbs and mushrooms - as drugs, while putting
widely used nicotine and alcohol in an exempt category. Even more
hypocritical is these same politicians promoting the school systems'
use of drugs for social control. This year close to one million children
will be given Ritalin to increase their attention in school.
The Physician's Desk Reference warns about Ritalin: "Frank
psychotic episodes can occur, especially with abuse. Careful supervision
is required during drug withdrawal, since severe depression as well
as the effect of chronic over activity can be unmasked. Long term
follow-up may be required because of the patient's basic personality
disturbances." If we sold Ritalin on the street we would be sent
to jail as "drug pushers." But Drug Czar William Bennett supported
Ritalin use as Secretary of Education.