It’s official: Guns are not the deadliest things in the only country on Earth with a recognized right to “keep and bear arms,” as the political Left would have you believe. Turns out that Big Pharma is the nation’s most deadly killer.
In recent days, Drug Enforcement Agency Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment, or NDTA, which found that drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicles and guns. In 2013, more than 46,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses and more than half of those were due to prescription painkillers and heroin, the Mises Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank, reported, citing the NDTA.
Mises further noted:
These are 2013 numbers, so let’s compare to other causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A drug overdose, with a death rate of 13.9 per 100,000, is almost four times as common as a cause of death than gun homicides (3.6 per 100,000). Death from prescription drugs (7.2 per 100,000) is twice as common as gun homicides.
According to charts accompanying the Mises report, it is clear that homicides are not at all a leading cause of death in the U.S., and especially gun homicides. The accidental death rate by firearms is 0.2 per 100,000, a miniscule blip.