Aspirin is 80 times more deadly than terrorism

Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are about 80 times more deadly than terrorism if you live in North America.

According to this paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1997, NSAIDs are estimated to kill 7,965 people every year in the US and Canada. This is shocking when compared with the terrorism statistics published in the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base, which reveal that only 3,576 people have died in North America as a result of terrorism since 1968 (and most of those were in the World Trade Center).

In fact, aspirin and related drugs kill far more people in the US and Canada every year than terrorism kills in the entire world, including the middle east. And guess what's even more dangerous than aspirin? That's right: cars.

Kinda' makes you wonder why terrorism is such a big deal, doesn't it?

Update: The original version of this post claimed aspirin was 8,000 times more deadly than terrorism. A reader pointed out that there's a big difference between 8,000 times and 8,000 percent, which is what I actually meant. In fact, aspirin is only about 80 times as deadly as terrorism. Sorry about that.