There is no scientific basis for the drug war. Deciding if a drug is illegal (or restricting its use) has nothing to do with the number of people who die after using that drug.
You can compare alcohol to just about any other drug, and the drug will always do less damage than alcohol. And yet, alcohol will always be legal. It seems that the legal standing of a drug is only part of the reason that people will use and abuse it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC,) there were 30,000 American deaths from alcohol-induced causes in 2014. The CDC report notes that the deaths included alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, liver damage primarily caused by drinking.
In an article published by Medical Daily, that information translates to 9.6 deaths from alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people, a figure that has risen 37 percent since 2002. These alarming numbers don’t even include deaths from drunk driving, and other accidents or homicides committed under the influence of alcohol…
Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities).
I don’t think that deaths due to opioids will ever be more than just a fraction of those from alcohol. But do you hear any of the media talking about the epidemic of alcoholism in this country? No, we only hear about the opioid and heroin “epidemic.” Why is that?
No matter the reason, it all stinks of hypocrisy. Wanna talk about sugar?
I’ll tell you what, when you restrict the use of painkillers, the use of alcohol (and sugar) will only increase further. But that’s okay with the CDC, FDA, and DEA.