Tens of thousands of Americans die each year from these drugs, but marijuana has not caused a single death.
According to the website, newsindata.com, deaths caused by heroin overdoses are up 600% since 2000, and prescription opioid overdose-related deaths are up by more than 300%. Heroin and opioids account for 10,000s of deaths per year.
According to data released by the DEA, marijuana has resulted in 0 overdose deaths.
Based on numbers from the National Institute of Health:
- Opiods: From 2002 to 2015, there was a 2.8-fold increase in the total number of deaths.
- Heroin: From 2002 to 2015, there was a 6.2-fold increase in the total number of deaths.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with 55,403 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. There were 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.