In 2014, there were more deaths associated to FDA approved and healthcare professionally prescribed medications than there were illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin combined. In 2014 there was a 14% spike in deaths associated with opiates alone. Mind you that these are drugs that are FDA approved and prescribed to individuals every day ages 6 and up. In fact, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year in recorded history. In 2014 just under 26,000 people died from pharmaceutical medications. The same year just over 17,000 people died from illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines that are plaguing communities and neighborhoods nationwide.
Alcohol, a drug that is readily accessible across the U.S. was the cause for over 30,000 deaths in 2014. This is just health related issues due to alcohol. If you included the deaths from drunk driving and violent crimes due to alcohol, the number almost triples. This is the highest rate of alcohol deaths in nearly 35 years.
What doesn’t come as shocking news though is the fact that in 2014 there were absolutely no deaths associated with Cannabis. Not only did it not kill anyone, but it is also proving to be a valuable medication that can bring relief from dozens of different conditions and ailments. However, this medically beneficial plant is not FDA approved and is widely illegal throughout the United States.
This makes you wonder who the real drug dealers are and where the real threat lies. It also makes you ask the question that who is profiting from the lives that are lost.