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This advertisement appeared in the National Review, the The New Republic, the Weekly Standard, The Nation, Reason Magazine and The Progressive in December 1999 and early 2000.

Let's Keep America's Drug
Problem in Perspective

Estimated Causes of Preventable Deaths*
Causes of Preventable Deaths

* 5 times as many people die from Alcohol each
year than from illicit drugs and misuse of legal
pharmaceuticals

* 15 times as many people die from poor diets
and activity patterns

* 20 times as many people die from tobacco


Why arrest 1.6 million people each year for drugs?
Does jailing drug users make more sense than
jailing over weight people and smokers?

* Estimated deaths attributed to: Illicit Use of Legal and Illegal Drugs -20,000;
Alcohol -100,000; Diet/ Activity Patterns -300,000; Tobacco -400,000.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics Source Book 1998 citing
1990 figures.
(Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services). Pg. 218

Common Sense for Drug Policy, Kevin B. Zeese, President
703-354-9050, 703-354-5695, info@csdp.org, http://www.csdp.org.



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