How many Americans do you think die annually from drug overdoses? Jeffy Fisher attempted to guess on Thursday’s “Pat & Stu” as the guys took a look at how U.S. death rates due to drug overdoses and other risks have fluctuated since 1990.
Jeffy was tasked with drawing a line indicating his guess on an interactive chart from the New York Times. The drug overdose chart showed that 8,413 Americans died in 1990. Jeffy’s guess was that drug overdose deaths had doubled in the last 25 years, but he was way off.
The death rate due to drug overdoses is now more than 52,400 Americans per year, jumping by more than 500 percent since 1990. Last year, more Americans died from drug overdoses than from car accidents and gun homicides combined, according to the study.
Stu Burguiere tied the horrifying statistic to the opioid epidemic as well as society’s cavalier attitude toward drugs.
“Drug use as a criminal activity has been minimized,” Stu said. He wondered if the much-mocked “Just Say No” rhetoric could have helped if the government had continued to discourage drug use.
“People made fun of the ‘war on drugs,” he said. “But look at where it is now.”