As dangerous as drugs are and cognizant of countless Belushi's,
The damage pales in comparison with the dangers of coming into direct contact with the business end of the American criminal justice system.
Not the glossy one you see on Law & Order; the one where the soldiers of America's cartels go for R & R. Where the soldiers going in get replaced seamlessly by those going out who were sent up last year.
I don't know the numbers, but if I had to bet on which has devastated more lives, It wouldn't be the drugs.
Keep in mind, the premise is an either / or, but we don't even get that, what we get is both ends of the same dirty stick.