Yet the urban liberal elite aren’t clamoring to cut off supplies of Xanax, Oxycontin and other dangerous, addictive drugs. Of course the meaningless urbanized existence relies on chronic drug use to keep people from figuring out that living in unsustainable cities, and basing an entire economy around catering to city dwellers who produce nothing, is morally wrong.
Mike Adams, the “health ranger” at Natural News wrote this excellent article pointing out the absurdity of our modern culture especially when it comes to outrage over gun violence:
In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie theater shooting, President Obama chimed in on the gun control debate yesterday, saying, “Every day, the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater. For every Columbine or Virginia Tech, there are dozens gunned down on the streets of Chicago or Atlanta…”
What he didn’t say, however, is that every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that’s the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
As no one seems to believe these numbers are real, I’ll quote the source: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000, authored by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
That study, which is twelve years old — and drug deaths have risen considerably since then — documents 106,000 deaths per year from the “adverse effects” of FDA-approved prescription medications.
To reach this number from outbreaks of violent shootings, you’d have to see an Aurora Colorado Batman movie massacre take place every HOUR of every day, 365 days a year.
If a massacre of people using slugs of lead is bad, why is a massacre of people using deadly chemicals perfectly acceptable?
To be sure some of the article is crazed hippydom that even a cranky newly minted crunchy-con like me finds hard to take but his point is a good one. I’m not seeing much from people on the epidemic of oxy addicts turned loose on our streets – enabled by pill pushing doctors who write out scripts for powerful, addictive narcotics at the drop of a hat. That’s way more dangerous than my guns.