Death by Drugs
A bit of history. Some 25 or so years ago I used to record programs through the night, I worked days, and one was an American program about death from drugs.
This was no drug wars just freedom of information numbers on deaths from drugs. I cannot recollect the real numbers but I can give some ideas as to the totals. Presuming the dates were mid late 80's they were as follows;
Alcohol & tobacco were around 500000 then. Cocaine & heroin were maybe 500 or less, I am uncertain. Weed or marijuana was zero that I do remember.
This maker you wonder. Look what fortunes some people made from prohibition, the Kennedy's were one were they not? How about the mafia. I am sure there were more. I welcome comments from across the pond.
As is said above legalizing drugs will stop this major big business in it's tracks. However incarceration for drug offenses is also big business. So who has the best political pull.
I do wonder what will happen in the future.