Heroin Addiction in America Spearheaded by the US-led War on Afghanistan

Heroin Addiction in America Spearheaded by the US-led War on Afghanistan:

Trump’s Hypocritical Concern

…”In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses:  174 deaths per day.  Seven per hour.  We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.

My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need.  The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.” (Trump State of the Union, emphasis added)

Trump brings to the forefront the story of the Holets family of New Mexico:

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Afghanistan: Opium Production Almost Doubled In 2017

Afghanistan opium production almost doubled in 2017: Survey:

The United Nations and the Afghan government have released a new joint survey showing that opium production in the restive country has almost doubled so far in 2017 compared to last year.

According to the survey, the opium production rose by 87 percent and stands at a record level of 9,000 metric tons (9,921 US tons) so far this year, compared to 4,800 metric tons (5,291 US tons) in 2016.

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North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA

North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA

H/t reader squodgy:

“Shurely not!!!!! America can’t be interested in Opium can they?

Could this be a clue as to why the U.S. is so determined to poke sticks at North Korea?”

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North Korea Is a Large Opium Producer Just Like Afghanistan — But That’s None of Your Business

North Korea Is a Large Opium Producer Just Like Afghanistan — But That’s None of Your Business:

Prior to the U.S. invasion and occupation that sent production and cultivation skyrocketing 35-fold in just the first 13 years, the Taliban had successfully decimated the opium poppy crop in Afghanistan.

Nearly 16 years later, Afghanistan’s lucrative drug trafficking business is still roaring along unhindered, and — with U.S. troops literally guarding the occupied nation’s 90-percent share of the world’s opium supply — potential competitors rightly seemed scarce.

That is, until North Korea just said ‘no’ to the Drug War.

“In its early stage, the Kim Jong-un regime declared a war against drugs, getting rid of poppy fields,” Kang Cheol-hwan, president of the defector organization, North Korea Strategy Center, told Yonhap News Agency last month. “But now they are cultivating them again.”

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US Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Surge by 72 Percent

US Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Surge by 72 Percent:

Afghanistan is the main supplier of opioids and heroin to the US, according to UN sources, Afghanistan produces approximately  90 percent of the World’s supply of opium destined to the illegal heroin and opioid markets.

It’s a multibillion dollar industry. A large share of the opium is exported in military planes out of Afghanistan.

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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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