This info was from another board but had to post here .
DAWN (drug awareness warning network), the CDC, and SAMHSA
Deaths in 2002
430,000 from tobacco
116,113 from alcohol, almost ÂĽ were drunk driving accidents, 32% of those were from binge drinking (been guilty of that one,, lol)
200,000 from prescription and over the counter drug interactions
0 steroid deaths, I looked everywhere and could not find 1 death attributed to steroids, but I could be wrong
emergency room visits from drug use stats for 2002
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) â€” 28,720 (Ranked 8th)
Alcoholâ€” 207,395 (Ranked 1st)
Marijuana â€” 119,362 (Ranked 3rd)
Aspirin â€” 7,494 (25th)
Fluoxetine (Prozac) â€” 5,770 (29th)
Alprazolam (Xanax) â€” 27,659 (9th)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) â€” 5,430 (32nd)
Ibuprofen (Advil) â€” 15,867 (14th)
Oxycodone (OxyContin) â€” 14,996 (15th)
Naproxen (Aleve) â€” 4,576 (35th)
Caffeine â€” 1,999 (59th)
Amoxicillin â€” 830 (89th)
Codeine â€” 1,237 (73rd)
Hydrocodone â€” 2,420 (51st)
Morphine â€” 2,775 (48th)
Ephedrine â€” 1,033 (79th)
Prednisone â€” 348 (137th)
Multivitamin with Minerals â€” 376 (131st)
Herbal Products â€” 415 (126th)
Metformin â€” 505 (116th)
Cocaine â€” 199,198 (2nd)
Heroin â€” 93,519 (4th)
Androgens/Anabolic Steroids â€” 319 (142nd)
these numbers came from 3 different sources and were offical government stats on deaths and emergency room visits. Here are some numbers per 100,000 people to make it more reflective.
0.796 visits per 100,000 users a year for caffeine
13.3 visits per 100,000 users of steroids (remember these are almost all related to infections)
9.64 visits per 100,000 users of alcohol
1.91 visits per 100,000 users of tylonol
25.001 visits per 100,000 users of cocaine
89.9 users per 100,000 die from smoking each year
smoking is more deadly than cocaine use,,, this is a scarey stat.
Obesity closes gap on CDC death list
Published Wednesday, March 10, 2004
WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans soon will be dying of obesity than from smoking if current trends persist, which would make being fat the nationâ€™s No. 1 cause of preventable death, the government says.
A poor diet and physical inactivity caused 400,000 deaths in 2000, a 33 percent jump over 1990, said a study released yesterday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tobacco-related deaths in the same period climbed by less than 9 percent to 435,000 as the gap between the two narrowed substantially. At this rate, obesity will claim the top spot, the report said.
"Our worst fears were confirmed," said Julie Gerberding, the CDCâ€™s director and an author of the study.
An ad campaign that begins today tells viewers they can lose midsection love handles and double chins one step at a time if they eat less and exercise more.
"Weâ€™re just too darn fat, ladies and gentlemen, and weâ€™re going to do something about it," Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson said at a news conference.
Thompson, a fierce anti-smoking advocate who has trimmed his own waistline since coming to Washington, drew parallels between the drives to stop smoking and to get Americans to eat less and exercise more.
"Weâ€™re so busy with our lives we use fast foods more often as not. We donâ€™t cook as a family any more. We donâ€™t exercise," Thompson said today on NBCâ€™s "Today" show. "As a result of that, weâ€™re getting too darn fat."
"Itâ€™s a difficult fight, but we all have to partake in it," he said, citing a recent move by McDonaldâ€™s Corp. to drop its "Supersize" french fries as among a host of actions the food industry has taken, including greater package labeling, at the prodding of the government.
The Bush administration wants to cut funding for the VERB campaign, a CDC project to promote physical activity among 9- to 13-year-olds, from $36 million this year to $5 million in 2005.
Gerberding said the program has resulted in a 30 percent increase in exercise among those children.
While Congress rejected limits on lawsuits against tobacco companies, the House will debate a bill today that would shield restaurants and fast food franchises from lawsuits seeking to blame them for obesity and health problems related to it.
The legislation was prompted by the fast-food industryâ€™s complaints about a rash of lawsuits that fault their food for Americansâ€™ bulging bellies.
"If you eat a lot of food and you get sick, itâ€™s your responsibility and not the restaurantâ€™s," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas.
McDonaldâ€™s has announced it will end Supersize fries and drinks except for special promotions in its more than 13,000 U.S. restaurants by yearâ€™s end.
Several soft-drink makers also have announced plans to offer a larger number of healthier products.
The CDC study is the latest in a line of research that documents widespread weight gain and its consequences among Americans from children to the elderly.
The researchers analyzed data from 2000 for the leading causes of death and for those preventable factors known to contribute to them. Like tobacco, obesity and inactivity increase the risks for the top three killers: heart disease, cancer and such cerebrovascular ailments as strokes.
Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle also strongly increase the risk of diabetes, the sixth leading cause of death.
The results appear in todayâ€™s Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Food and Drug Administration also is expected to issue a report on obesity this week. The FDA has been considering whether to require restaurants to provide more nutrition information and change nutrition labels on food sold in grocery stores and other outlets to help consumers...
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