If you had any doubt that drugs are dangerous, the Daily News wants you to think again: The paper crunched some crime statistic numbers and found that drugs were a factor in more than half of the city’s slayings, and the exclusive motive in 12 percent of New York homicides.
More fun murder stats — and some tips on not getting killed — after the jump.
The city has seen a rise in murders this year. The News reports 476 murders through this week, compared to 470 for all of 2009. But while murders and other violent felonies are up compared to last year, it’s worth noting that the numbers are still a far, far cry from the early ’90s, when New York saw as many as 2,245 killings in a single year.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 2, 2010