46,471: Drug Overdoseshttp://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/dea-drug-overdoses-kill-more-americans-car-crashes-or-firearms
My sister sent me the above article.
I went to a community outreach program in September at my local high school. Last year 3 local high school kids OD'd on heroin. Another OD'd on prescription drugs stolen from his parents medicine cabinet. Those were the 4 that died. Several more ended up in the hospital. The local sheriff breaks up underage drinking parties every weekend some with up to 100 kids. Over the years we've lost local kids to DWI. I cried in the car afterwards, worried if I've been keeping a close enough tab on my kids without smothering them.
Are we losing a generation?
The Republican Governor is even making it a priority. I think part of the problem is that prescription painkillers are so restricted so that people end up turning to cheaper street drugs to meet their pain needs.
Fortunately, I am violently allergic to opiates so I don't find them attractive. The downside is much worse than the upside is good. I am pretty much that way with all drugs. One bad reaction and I never touch it again. Unfortunately, too many people find the pull of the high too compelling.
Over the years I've worked with a few alcoholics and seen them go downhill to the point of killing themselves via their vice. Addiction is a hard thing to overcome.