This morning’s paper had an article that at first was surprising but as I got into it, it was not so surprising. The sheer scope of legal drug addictions and then the quantitative data developed not by a law enforcement organization but by the U.S. Center for Disease Control points to some scary trends.
“Statistics tend to back him up. Deaths from prescription drugs tripled nationwide from 2000 to 2008 and exceeded deaths from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug deaths reached an all-time high of almost 37,500 in 2009, the tipping point in an ongoing trend recently reported by the Los Angeles Times: For the first time, drugs killed more people in this country than car crashes.” (read more: White suburbanites going from pain pills to heroin http://www.herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/article_a129fa82-e9dc-11e0-bd7a-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1aJBXwpYP From the Herald & Review)
A second point was made in that it appears that legal drugs are serving as a gateway to illegal drugs. Earlier in the year, the Florida legislature killed an addictive drug registry that would have glued the state in not only the location of pill mills but also those shopping for pills. Would love to be a fly on the wall in the lobbying process and procedures of the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to maintain open season of the production and distribution efforts of legal addictive drugs.
It appears that the flower children of 60s and 70s have or are turning into the addicts and middlemen of the 21st century.