You Die from Drugs

Girl standing by headstone with flowers

There is a drug-induced death in the US every 13 minutes. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the US—exceeding even motor vehicle accidents. In 2010, 40,393 people died of drug-induced causes.

In the same year, drug-induced deaths exceeded:

  • 31,328 deaths from injuries due to firearms
  • 25,692 deaths from alcohol
  • 38,364 deaths from suicides
  • 16,259 deaths from homicides

Drug induced deaths have risen from 6.8 deaths per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 12.9 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2010.

Have you ever lost a family member or close friend to a drug overdose or other preventable death? Do you know what that grief feels like? Can you even imagine what it is like for a parent to lose a child? A sibling to lose a sibling?

Children are not supposed to die before their parents. The death of a child brings immense grief, pain, and heartbreak.

 

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Consequences of Illicit Drug Use in America, April 2014