How Bad is Our Drug Problem?

Have you seen this report last month from the CDC?  Has anyone?

This 28-year study, which began in 1980, purports to show that death by poisoning is the leading cause of death from injury in the United States, and that 90 percent of these fatal poisonings are caused by drugs (both legal and illicit).  Opioid analgesics were involved in 40 percent of drug poising deaths in 2008. 2008 also marked the first year that more Americans died from poisoning than car crashes.

Is it just me, or are these staggeringly high numbers?  This isn’t a post about the usefulness or futility of that batch of policies and military actions known collectively as The War on Drugs.  But it might be a post about the glibness with which some so easily dismiss the notion of a drug problem in the US.