The United States has been fighting a war on drugs for decades now. But is the battle being waged aimed at the right substances??
Data made public by the Center for Disease Control is proving that when it comes to deadly drugs, the ones doing the most damage are actually perfectly legal in America!
The number one killer?
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are directly responsible for more than 480,000 deaths in the US every year!
Compare that to marijuana, which is illegal in most states and yet has been blamed for zero deaths!
Ch-ch-check out the shocking numbers for other drugs:
Tobacco - 480,000 deaths
Alcohol - 25,692 deaths
Prescription painkillers - 16,651 deaths
Non-prescription drugs - 16,195 deaths
Marijuana - 0 deaths
That means the top three deadliest drugs in America (tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs) are all legal in the States!
The numbers above however do come with one BIG asterisk - they don’t take into account indirect causes, like impaired driving or committing deadly crimes while under the influence.
But even still, those figures are so far skewed, it really makes you wonder if our war on drugs is really worth it!
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