Heroin and the Wall

Watch this tragic video of a two-year-old crying over the body of her mother who collapsed from an overdose at a Dollar Store in Massachusetts.

Drug trafficking is not just a problem in America’s cities it is the main problem. Turf wars by drug dealers account for most of the murders in the United States. Drug-related shootings are at all-time highs. Crimes by drug addicts account for most of the prostitution, robberies, and burglaries in America. Prisons are packed with heroin users along with psychiatric wards and graveyards.

For fifteen years U.S. armed forces have been in Afghanistan, a country that produces 90% of the opium in the world. ¹   With a stroke of his pen the U.S. President could shut off most of the drug supply to 17 million heroin and opium addicts. Instead,  drugs have flowed unimpeded out of Afghanistan since the invasion.

The U.S. Secretary of State, is responsible for the activities of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

The mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to combat international crime and illegal drugs, and their impact on the United States, its citizens, and partner nations ²

Last year the INL received over four billion dollars to distribute among five thousand drug interdiction personnel around the world. ³ In 2013 the DEA reported that during the previous four years of the the multi-billion dollar program at the State Department, the flow of drugs north from Mexico increased:

The availability of heroin continued to increase in 2012, likely due to high levels of heroin production in Mexico and Mexican traffickers expanding into white powder heroin markets in the eastern and midwest United States.⁴

The DEA further reported that from 2008-2012 so much Mexican heroin flooded into the country that the price of the narcotic dropped to the point that it was easier to obtain than prescription pain medicine.⁵

The UN Office of Drugs and Crime reports that opium production in Afghanistan reached a ten-year peak in 2012. ⁶

So much for U.S. efforts to stop the flow of heroin into African-American communities in the United States.

Despite the assessment by the DEA that the largest flow of heroin into America is coming from Mexico, critics have ridiculed efforts to build a wall on the border.  No proposed legislation exists to stop the flow of opium from the poppy fields of Afghanistan.   That is a disgrace.

 

Endnotes:
¹ UNITED NATIONS Office on Drugs and Crime. “World Drug Report 2016” Page xii
² http://www.state.gov/j/inl/faqs/index.htm
³ ibid
https://www.dea.gov/resource-center/DIR-017-13%20NDTA%20Summary%20final.pdf
⁵ ibid
⁶ UNITED NATIONS Office on Drugs and Crime. ” World Drug Report 2013” p.30

For 7 years, Steve Molling was the Executive Director of a non-profit youth development program in East Baltimore. He has witnessed the devastating effect of heroin on urban families first hand. He is the author of The Uragon Protocol.

©2016 S. A. Molling

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