Drugs Are Killing More Americans Than Road Crashes

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Drugs Are Killing More Americans Than Road Crashes:

So much for the so-called ‘war on drugs’… The United States has been gripped by a heroin and opiate epidemic with user numbers recently hitting a 20 year high.

In 2014, the number of U.S. heroin users passed the million mark with deaths from overdoses rising steeply. And as Statista’s Niall McCarthy writes, drugs are now killing substantially more Americans every year than car crashes.

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Drug Overdose Has Now Become Leading Cause Of Accidental Death, Overtaking Traffic Accidents

Smack in the suburbs:

The US is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic – drug overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death, overtaking traffic accidents.

It is a health crisis with tentacles reaching across the social spectrum. Lorain County, in the state of Ohio, is mostly suburban and middle-class, with a large rural hinterland.

Its population is only 305,000 but for the last three years, the number of fatal opiate overdoses has hovered at around 65. This year it only took six months to reach that figure.

Avon Lake is the county’s wealthiest community – an upmarket suburb of the city of Cleveland. Here, on the shores of Lake Erie, the scourge of opiates – prescription pills and street heroin – is tearing at the fabric of a tightly-knit neighbourhood.

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Recent Surge In Inner-City Heroin Overdoses “Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before”

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Recent Surge In Inner-City Heroin Overdoses “Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before”:

For the past week, the the city of Cincinnati has been battling an unprecedented spike in heroin overdoses that has left police and emergency responders drained.  Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, in a “normal” week, police and healthcare officials indicate that Cincinnati encounters roughly 25-30 heroin-related overdoses.  That said, within the past 6 days that number has spiked by over 5.5x as 174 overdose cases have been reported by local emergency rooms.

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Opium Rules: Afghan Oil Will Never Get Out Of The Ground

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Opium Rules: Afghan Oil Will Never Get Out Of The Ground:

Afghanistan may have mouth-watering oil riches, but opium still rules this economy amid a lack of any real investment in getting oil and gas out of the ground.

In 2011, the United States Geological Survey released a report on Afghanistan arguing that the responsible exploitation of the country’s natural resources, including oil and natural gas, could help alleviate its economic addiction to opium sales.

At that time, opium production represented just under 50 percent of Afghanistan’s Gross Domestic Product. Since then, the nation has set new opium cultivation records.

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The War In Afghanistan is a Good Thing – If You’re A Heroin Dealer

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The War In Afghanistan is a Good Thing – If You’re A Heroin Dealer:

(MINTPRESSThe “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” are more intertwined than that media and our elected officials would like us to think.

And this became full front and center when the U.S.-led global crusades overlapped in Afghanistan, leaving in their wake a legacy of death, addiction and government corruption tainting Afghan and American soil.

In the U.S., the War in Afghanistan is among the major contributing factors to the country’s devastating heroin epidemic.

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New Haven Declares Public Health Emergency After “Never Before Seen” Heroin Overdose Epidemic

New Haven Declares Public Health Emergency After “Never Before Seen” Heroin Overdose Epidemic:

We’re looking at a public health emergency affecting the streets of New Haven Deputy Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana said. “We’ve had quite a hectic time,” he said. I don’t recall an incident where it’s been like this.”

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The War in Afghanistan Has Turned a Generation of Children Into Heroin Addicts

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“Opium production has increased 33 fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6100 tons in 2006. In 2007, Afghanistan provided approximately 93% of the global supply of heroin…”


The War in Afghanistan Has Turned a Generation of Children Into Heroin Addicts:

One of the many catastrophic legacies left behind by the longest war in U.S. history is that Afghanistan produces 90% of the world’s opium. As with most parts of the world, the most vulnerable pay the heaviest price of war, and the country has faced a harrowing escalation in the number of child heroin addicts.

“What’s happened in Afghanistan over the last 13 years has been the flourishing of a narco-state that is really without any parallel in history,” Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins told Democracy Now back in 2014.

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