Stop worrying about getting killed in a terrorist attack. Save your worrying for these other three things that are much more likely to claim your life in America.
New Centers for Disease Control research reveals the causes behind the deaths of many young Americans and an alarming increase each year.
Gun violence, drug overdoses and car accidents shave more than one year of shortened life expectancy in Americans. More than 100,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives as a result of these every year. For each cause, the death rate is far higher in America than in other wealthy countries, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"The three injury causes accounted for 6 percent of deaths among U.S. men and 3 percent among U.S. women," Andrew Fenelon and colleagues at the National Center for Health Statistics wrote, according to NBC News.
The U.S. stands out among the rest of the world in homicides, far surpassing all developed European countries, Canada, Germany and Japan, the reason being citizens’ easy and cheap accessibility to drugs and destructive weapons.
It’s old news now that kids ranging from 3 to 11 years old are dying or killing each other just because of unattended firearms. Even adolescents fall prey to gun violence, let alone older and more aware adults.
Drunken driving and drug overdoses are among the most common causes of hospitalized Americans. The worst part is these issues are so widespread, many have stopped treating them as harmful and life threatening.
The CDC has officially declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic. As of 2012, overdose deaths involving prescription opioid analgesics, which are medications used to treat pain, have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year.
Just in the past two weeks, a lethal heroin batch killed 23 in Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo News reported that drug addiction experts and police believe drug dealers have started sneaking packets of fentanyl into the mix of heroin, often without telling the people they're selling the drug to. Fentanyl is 30-50 times more powerful than heroin, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Tons and tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana are seized each year, which are worth millions of dollars, and yet these life taking drugs seem to never run out of stock.
Neither do gun deaths.
"At some point it's going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively," President Obama said in a statement after the Charleston shooting. But when is that point going to arrive?
Violence from guns and mass shootings happens every single day across the nation, but Americans are not willing to let go of their guns. Americans are seven times more likely to be murdered than people in the other countries, and 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun.
The dilemma remains, however, that Americans are completely numb to gun violence, drug overdoses and car accident deaths. How many mass killings will it take for minds to change?