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Another Drug War Fallacy

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Taking legal drugs is safer than taking illegal drugs, right? Think again. Dr. Mercola, a pro-liberty, non-traditional doctor, in his recent e-mail newsletter, has an interesting article by a Dr. Kent titled: "Recreational Drugs FAR Less Likely to Kill You than Prescribed Drugs!" It turns out that "while approximately 10,000 per year die from the effects of illegal drugs, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that an estimated 106,000 hospitalized patients die each year from drugs which, by medical standards, are properly prescribed and properly administered. More than two million suffer serious side effects." Yet, we continue to spend billions on the illegal drug war. That's our government for you.

Laurence M. Vance is an Associated Scholar of the Mises Institute, founder of the Francis Wayland Institute, and a columnist for LewRockwell.com and the Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of The War on Drugs is a War on FreedomWar, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism, and War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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