Pharmaceutical drugs are responsible for a large number of deaths in the United States. According to the CDC:
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more people die from legally prescribed drugs than from heroin and cocaine combined. The CDC has classified the situation as an “epidemic.”
What’s worse is that a study by the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing published earlier this year revealed that teens continue to be particularly vulnerable to the allure of prescription drugs because they perceive pharmaceuticals as being “blessed by a trusted institution”: the Food and Drug Administration.
The study was authored by Richard Netemeyer of the University of Virginia, Scot Burton of the University of Arkansas, Barbara Delaney of the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and Gina Hijjawi of American Institutes for Research.
In the United States there are many substances that are widely available for human consumption that are far more concerning. One of those substances is alcohol.
Alcohol Stats and Facts
- Approximately 21% of patients admitted to a hospital ICU are there because of alcohol use (Lieber, 1998)
- Alcohol use is a known risk factor in suicide attempts. In one study, 62% of those who attempted suicide were found to have consumed alcohol prior to their suicide attempt (Lester 2000).
- Suicide is 30 times as common among alcoholics as among the general population (Mosier, 1999). In one study, 33% of completed suicide attempts were found to have alcohol in their bodies (Lester 2000).
- Nationally, it is estimated that 420,000 smokers die each year from tobacco related illnesses. (Benson and Sacco 2000).