Pubdate: Sun, 06 Mar 2011
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2011 Sun-Sentinel Company
Author: Teresa Higfgins


I just finished reading the Feb. 27 article regarding battling pill 
mills. There are statistics regarding "seven Floridians dying every 
day in 2009, on average, from overdoses involving prescription drugs. 
2,488 total deaths." It struck me as a sad notion, but completely 
pale in comparison to the 440,000 people who die each year in the 
United States alone (according to the World Health Organization) from 
smoking cigarettes. Is anyone rushing to shut down cigarette makers? 
No! Is anyone trying to set up a tracking system as a weapon against 
the narcotics in cigarettes? No! Why? Because it is perfectly legal 
to kill yourself with tobacco. It is also fairly easy to say that you 
can also kill your spouse with second-hand smoke and put your 
childrens', friends' and complete strangers' health at risk with the same.

The tobacco and cigarette makers are the real merchants of death. The 
pill mill doctors should switch careers and grow tobacco products 
instead. They'd be safely shrouded by an archaic legal system that 
allows the No. 1 cause of preventable death to be sold legally. If 
tobacco were illegal, people would still smoke, surely. But they 
might realize that they, too, are drug addicts, with an addiction 
that kills more people annually than any other drug on the planet.

Teresa Higgins, Davie
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