Grim news from Mexico:

A total of 34,612 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico in the four years since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an offensive against drug cartels, officials said Wednesday.

2010’s death count, 15,723 in total, was a 60% increase on 2009’s figure of 9,616.  Meanwhile the UK’s Office of National Statistics released its annual mortality figures, which the Guardian has translated into a nice infographic.  Deaths from drugs last year? 398.  Although that doesn’t include drug-related hepatitis, or HIV, or suicide, so maybe it’s higher.  But still…all seems a little disproportionate to me.

As a very flippant aside, every time I hear about President Calderon of Mexico, I can’t help but remember that the first uber-baddie in Miami Vice was also called Calderon.

Sources: AP News,  the Guardian