I know I said I wasn’t blogging at the moment, but this was a quick one, I promise.
Last night, I watched one of those forum programs on the ABC or SBS, all about the ‘ice epidemic’. It drives me insane that they beat this up so much. Sure, ice seems to be a nasty drug, but let’s put this in perspective…
According to OxyGen (PDF),
Smoking kills more people in Australia than all the people killed by alcohol, other drugs, murder, suicide, road crashes, rail crashes, air crashes, poisoning, drowning, fires, falls, lightning, electrocution, snakes, spiders and sharks.”
Note that I used different years because I couldn’t spend long and couldn’t seem to find data on all 4 for the same year. If you find it, please let me know. Also, the illicit drugs and meth figures are for overdoses only. I’m sure there are a few other accidental deaths here and there (e.g. car accidents) that might increase these numbers a bit. But certainly not to ‘epidemic’ levels…