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VIETNAM WAR IN YOUR BACK YARD – “Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than guns – cbsnews

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than guns

Chairman of TOCCA LIFE HOLDINGS, TOCCALife.com (Ticker Symbol: TLIF) Stated, “Please read this article and start talking with family more.  This is only the first battle and it will grow with the synthetic drugs coming out.  Most of us have learned or experienced Vietnam, seen a movie about war or realize that we lost over 50,000 great people on a war that was a political front for business that our soldiers couldn’t engage in properly.
Now we are holding the same losses per year via lives and even more in tax revenue to keep the war going, instead of fighting and winning the war. It is up to us, communication with friends and family, understanding without stereo types and the heart of everyone instead of just the soldiers that fight to keep this country and our citizens free. Its on our home front and all around us without loud bangs.  It is on your internet, your financials, and in your neighborhood. It is surrounding us and it is more quiet than a mouse.  It is time we all get humble and start to see what is going on and work together.  At TOCCA LIFE we continually mention complacency is the key to losses and to keep moving forward even after you feel the win and want to relax.  That is what got me so involved.  I got so involved because the country seems to have gotten complacent and anyone not affected by the disease of addiction is supposed to set the example for others instead of showing success with a wallet.  It’s time for everyone to remember what we are in heart and spirit first.”

VIETNAM WAR IN YOUR BACK YARD – “Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than guns.

More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year — the most ever.

The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.

Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.

Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4 percent.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees death statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new numbers were part of the agency’s annual tally of deaths and death rates in 2015.

Overall, overdose deaths rose 11 percent last year, to 52,404. By comparison, the number of people who died in car crashes was 37,757, an increase of 12 percent. Gun deaths, including homicides and suicides, totaled 36,252, up 7 percent.

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As part of its annual report, the CDC also found that rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death rose last year, causing the nation’s life expectancy to go down for the first time in more than 20 years. Drug overdoses were a significant factor, but an unexpected increase in the death rate from heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, was another major reason.

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