In regards to the Denver man who threatened his wife and kids with a gun, police documents say that he “appeared to be under the influence of some type of controlled substance and/or prescription pills based upon his speech patterns, his inability to focus and his pupils.” And his wife says he took prescription pills for back pain before the incident.
Did you know that prescription pills, when used properly, kill 100,000 people in the US every year from known side effects?
And in terms of Andrew Freedman’s statement that, “with liquor, people understand what they’re getting themselves into,” did you know that, according to the CDC, “there are approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States…
This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death. In 2006, there were more than 1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 million physician office visits due to excessive drinking. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion.”
So, since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, there has been one death attributed to its use. The current death count for alcohol so far in 2014 in the US? 42,304.
Which is the bigger evil here? Prescription drugs and alcohol, or weed?