Americans can thank the failed War on Drugs as Heroin and opiod deaths now surpass gun homicides
When the planes hit the World Trade Center towers in 2001, it also marked the year with the lowest amount of illegal opium and heroin imports out of the country of Afghanistan. Â And despite the fact that the majority of 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and not the Central Asian country, President George Bush conned Americans into believing that we needed to go to war with the Afghans because they were deeply involved in the 9/11 attacks.
But the reality is that the two wars America embarked upon in 2001 and 2003 had nothing to do with 9/11, and had everything to do with keeping the heroin drug lanes open for the CIA, and to depose a leader who was defying the U.S. in selling its oil in a currency other than the dollar.
Now 16 years later, the fruits of these efforts to prosper and protect the heroin drug trade have led more Americans to die of opiod poisoning and overdoses each year than all the homicides committed using a firearm.
Having surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015, the epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow. Amid the dismal failure of the ‘war on drugs’, it seems US lawmakers are finally waking up to reality, and are pressing the nationâ€™s drug czar for more data on the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, including how it is trafficked and how many people it has killed, in the latest effort to thwart a spiraling drug crisis.
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that nearly 5,000 more people died from opioids in 2015 than in 2014. Both heroin and opioid use have exploded in the US, after decades of doctors over-prescribing painkillers in the 1990s and 2000s. A report from the CDC released Thursday found that the drug problem has become so deadly that heroin deaths outnumbered gun fatalities last year for the first time in US history. Until 2007, gun deaths outnumbered heroin deaths five to one,Â accordingÂ to the Washington Post. But 2015 saw 12,989 people die from heroin and 12,979 die from gun homicides. – Zerohedge
Like alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s, outlawing most recreational drugs under the spurious umbrella of the ‘war on drugs’ has only caused people to continue to buy and purchase these narcotics illegally, and from unsafe sources. Â And whether the results were widespread blindness and often death from drinking ‘bathtub gin’, or now widespread death from using chemically formed heroin derivatives, banning substances never equates to a decrease in their use, but only introducing more criminal elements into the mix.
There is a reason that prior to the introduction of the Income Tax Amendment in 1913, the U.S. government earned nearly 50% of their revenues from what were deemed ‘Vice Taxes’ on items such as alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics. Â And that is because the average man will seek to enhance their life experience with some sort of drug or narcotic no matter if it legal or not. Â And the sad history of government prohibition of these substances is that the more illegal they try to make them, the more individuals will put themselves in greater danger by being willing to purchase these substances from unsafe sources.
Kenneth Schortgen JrÂ isÂ a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com,Â Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hostsÂ the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Â Ken can alsoÂ be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on theÂ Angel Clark radio show.