The Washington Post reports that alcohol, by far, is the most deadliest drug in the nation.
“It’s involved in more homicides than pretty much every other substance, combined. Alcohol’s relative importance has grown over the last fifteen years, as aging populations of cocaine users account for a declining proportion of violent crime.”
“Surveys of people incarcerated for violent crimes indicate that about 40% had been drinking at the time they committed these offenses. Among those who had been drinking, average blood-alcohol levels were estimated to exceed three times the legal limit. Drinking is especially common among perpetrators of specific crimes, including murder, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.”
“Recent data from the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) bear out these trends … Researchers at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute analyzed 3,016 homicides occurring in five Illinois counties between 2005 and 2009.”
“Almost 40% of the homicide victims tested had some blood alcohol in their systems when they were killed.”
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