Guns vs Drugs: Where's the Uproar?
Prescription drug overdoses kill roughly 14K people per year in the USA. Handguns kill roughly 16K people per year in the USA. Stats are very close... so why is there such a clear uproar over Handguns but not over Prescription Drugs?
Is it because the Pills come from doctors whom are considerable reputable? Is it because Adults are addicted as much as Teens/Young Adults? Is that Parents have unintentionally modeled taking pills as if it's okay? I know a lot of people on pills for injuries of years ago or 'general' anxiety and such and for years they just take these pills as a given. Kids watch this and never form the idea that pills are dangerous or prescriptions can be misused.
A Gun dealer would be considered reckless if he sold a gun to someone with a criminal history of gun use, violence etc. So Background checks are required by Law before anyone can buy a gun which is about the only precaution one can take. Yet Doctors don't have to do background checks to see if a person has a Medical history of long term drug use or abuse or even a thorough check of the validity of whatever is wrong.
People target Gun Dealers, Manufacturers and Gun Laws. I rarely hear of any Group trying to stop a Doctor from practicing, going after Pfizer or rallying Congress to change the Laws. Sure you have the celeb Doc here or there being put in the spotlight but clearly that's not the norm.
Legal guns kill as many as illegal guns just as legal prescriptions kill as many as illegal drugs. Kids get a hold of guns as easily as they get a hold of prescription drugs.
What do you think the reasons are that Prescription Drug Dangers aren't getting the same attention as Gun Dangers?
**I am NOT advocating Gun ownership or villianizing all Prescription Drugs. I'm pointing out the similarities in the dangers of both and the disparity of attention**
Update: March 28, 2010.
Some of you have a black and white view on gun violence and a fuzzy one on the use of prescription drugs. Gun deaths stats are not always broken down so it's an assumption that they are all the result of some violent act of crime. Many are suicides. Many are self-defense. Many are accidental. So it's not that every time a trigger is pulled, someone is trying to kill just for the hell of it.
As well people using legal drugs incorrectly is quite often on purpose. Pill poppers absolutely do commit crimes against innocent people to support their habit and addiction. In fact you may encounter a person in a dark alley loaded on pills or coming down from them but it doesn't mean you're just going to encounter someone that's 'high' and happy. No, you may encounter them whacked out of their noggin, using a gun to victimize you to get the money they want to buy more prescription pills. And just like drunk drivers, they get high, they drive, they kill innocent people on highways. They hurt themselves, their families, their lives. It's not like it just affects them no more than a gun death just affects the victim.
Using the stats in my field office, of 10 people, 7 are on a prescription on a regular basis. Most are a "pain" or depression med. 2 of the 10 own guns. Even my own new doctor was surprised that I wasn't on anything when I had my annual...that's how common it is. If stats hold true, more than half of you that answered, take something long term for some reason. And to me, that's why it's not given proper attention. It's too common. People are still running marijuana commercials and the kids are laughing b/c that's so 'yesterday'...The medicine cabinet is their new dealer.
- Asked by thottienc
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