reply to post by ofhumandescent
Drugs deaths arn't near as high as people think. In 2003 under 30,000 people died from illegal drugs in the US.
Source: Hoyert, Donna L., PhD, Heron, Melonie P., PhD, Murphy, Sherry L., BS, Kung, Hsiang-Ching, PhD; Division of Vital Statistics, "Deaths: Final
Data for 2003," National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 54, No. 13 (Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, April 19, 2006), p.
Tobacco on the other hand kills around 400,000 a year in the US.
Source: Mokdad, Ali H., PhD, James S. Marks, MD, MPH, Donna F. Stroup, PhD, MSc, Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, "Actual Causes of Death in the United
States, 2000," Journal of the American Medical Association, March 10, 2004, Vol. 291, No. 10, pp. 1238, 1241.
Neither of them can be attributed to one single person though.
Kim Jong Ill on the other hand bears much of the responsibility for the deaths of around 3 million North Koreans due to famine.
[edit on 1/3/09 by MikeboydUS]