Drug Overdoses Outnumber Fatal Gunshots

June 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

There is a constant discussion about gun safety in the home, usually revolving around issues of safety versus security. But what gets lost in the shuffle of our focus on guns and gun laws are other threats that have a potentially larger influence in our lives.

Speaking at the National Institute of Justice conference yesterday, federal drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, urged law enforcement, mayors, and governors to focus more attention on the country’s drug problem. Kerlikowske pointed out that there are more fatal drug overdoses in American than there are deaths from gunshots.

What is worse, Kerlikowske points out, is that less than 10 percent of the 20 million Americans with substance abuse problems actually receive adequate treatment.

Although there are real threats to our personal safety, there are also threats that do not have a face. If you are protecting your family and neighborhood from intruders, and other bad guys, don’t forget about intruders that don’t have a face and cannot be shot, stabbed, or put behind bars. Make sure to protect your children and family members from substance abuse through education and support. If you know someone with a drug problem, do your best to get them into treatment, so that they don’t become another statistic to be cited by the federal drug czar.

Source: http://thecrimereport.org/2009/06/18/drug-czar-overdose-deaths-exceed-fatal-gunshots/

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