Forget ebola and zika- heroin is the real epidemic threatening the US:
A heroin epidemic is on fire all across America. Heroin deaths shot up from 1,779 in 2001 to 10,574 in 2014 as Afghan opium poppy fields metastasized from 7,600 hectares in 2001 (when the War in Afghanistan began) to 224,000 hectares currently.
The Taliban outlawed opium in Afghanistan in 2000 and within a year it was all but gone, demonstrating that Afghan opium can be eradicated quickly for any administration that chooses to do so. Afghanistan is, by far, the number one source globally of both opium and heroin.
In 2014, 7,554 tons of raw opium were produced worldwide, including 6,400 tons in US-occupied Afghanistan and 173 tons from Mexico and Colombia. Opium plus chemicals (like acetic anhydride) produce heroin. US-occupied Afghanistan produces 85% of the world’s heroin. Mexico and Colombia produce only 2% of the world’s heroin. Mexico and Colombia produce enough heroin for only 115,000 heroin addicts.
Other countries such as Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam produce the remaining 13% of the world’s heroin. Heroin from Southeast Asian (Golden Triangle) countries go along heroin trade routes to other parts of Asia, Australia and Europe.
Most heroin in the US is coming from US-occupied Afghanistan. There is no other mathematical possibility. There is no other physical possibility.
There were 189,000 heroin users in the US in 2001, now there are 4,500,000 (2.5 million heroin addicts and 2 million casual users).
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The Taliban shut down opium production; the US chased away the Taliban and started it back up. Now it thrives.
We The People are paying to spy on and bomb people all over the world, but we apparently have no defense against an epidemic which is destroying our children and the very fabric of our society.
Have you ever asked yourself how many US politicians benefit from the drug trade? I bet it's a very large number, including at least one of the people now running for President.
When heroin was invented, it was thought to be a "wonder drug". You can read about it here:
Like so many other promising ideas, the wonder of this drug soon wore off. But sadly it became an essential tool in the destabilization of nations, so its scourge is still with us.