Opioid Crisis Cost The US $1 Trillion Since 2001, And It’s Getting Worse

Pictured: prescription painkiller OxyContin

ㅤô¿ô …But we can’t afford $25 billion to build a border wall.

Full story at The Daily Caller, image from dailycaller(.com) – 2/13/18.ㅤTags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids.

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Trump threatens aid to countries that don’t stop drugs at the border


ㅤ”‘These countries are not our friends,’ the President told the room of gathered officials. ‘You know, we think they’re our friends and we send them massive aid.’
ㅤ’I won’t mention names right now, but I look at these countries, I look at the numbers we send them — we send them massive aid and they’re pouring drugs into our country and they’re laughing at us,’ he continued. ‘So I’m not a believer in that. I want to stop the aid.'”

Full story at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 2/3/18.ㅤTags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids.

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Two Men Sentenced for Possession of Enough Fentanyl to Kill Everyone in NYC and New Jersey


ㅤ”‘The 45 kilograms of fentanyl seized last year in this investigation brought home the scope of the problem we face in New Jersey with this highly lethal opioid,’ said Elie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice. ‘Three years ago, fentanyl was found in only about 2 percent of the heroin tested by the State Police; by late last year, it was found in nearly one-third of the heroin tested.’
ㅤFentanyl is a widely used and extremely potent synthetic opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 of the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016 were because of synthetic opioids.'”

Full story at The Independent Journal Review, Image from west-ward(.com) – 1/29/18.ㅤTags drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, fentanyl, conservative, politics.

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Trump administration announces opioid waivers for states

Pictured: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

ㅤ”The Utah waiver helps people who have an opioid addiction and are homeless or in prison or jail. It is expected to expand treatment to as many as 6,000 Utah residents.
ㅤUtah Gov. Gary Herbert praised the the President administration for allowing the state to address opioid abuse in the state’s homeless population.
ㅤ’I’ve always maintained the role of the federal government should be to provide states with the flexibility to be innovative in how they operate their Medicaid programs,’ he said. ‘Nobody knows how to address the unique challenges we face as a state better than we do.'”

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FACT CHECK: Do Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than ‘Gun Homicides And Motor Vehicles’?

ㅤ”Verdict: True.”

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Mexican Drug Cartels Are ‘Greatest’ Criminal, Opioid Threats to U.S., Says DEA

ㅤ”Mexican drug cartels continue being the greatest criminal threat to America and are largely to blame for the current opioid crisis striking most of the nation, a new assessment by the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration revealed.”

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Democrats say Trump must back up opioid declaration with money

ㅤ”It is deeply concerning that this declaration, which comes a full three months after the President’s Commission on the Opioid Crisis’ report, fails to authorize federal funding to help those Americans locked in a life-or-death struggle with opioid addiction,’ said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.”

ㅤô¿ô …Indeed, addicts are screwed. Everyone knows the infinitesimal cure rate of treatment programs. Nancy the dingbat needs to cite encouraging cure rates. Otherwise build the damn wall!

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Trump will stop short of declaring national emergency on opioids: report

ㅤ”‘There are a lot of good people that are seeing what’s going on and I think we’ll be successful in that next week I’m declaring an emergency — a national emergency — on drugs,’ the President told Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs during an interview on Wednesday. ‘The opioid crisis is a tremendous emergency.'”

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It is opioids week? Why an emergency declaration matters

ㅤ”We need emergency supplemental funding to actually address the issue,’ said Tannaz Rasouli, senior director of public policy and strategic outreach at the Association of American Medical Colleges.”

ㅤô¿ô …If their solution is to throw more money at programs that have never worked, then screw them. Build the wall.

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OC Sheriff: California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill Is About ‘Sticking it to Trump’

Story at Breitbart, image from blogspot.com.
ㅤ”So this bill would prohibit me as a sheriff from notifying ICE of someone who’s in custody for potential felony driving under the influence, domestic violence, human trafficking, rape of an unconscious person. I would not be able to notify them [ICE]. They would be released to the street. And then what will happen is ICE will go out — they’re not going to let these people go — they’re gonna go out and do search warrants on homes. And then people who are here illegally or undocumented, and have not committed crimes, they’re going to get scooped up too.” — Orange County (OC) Sheriff Sandra Hutchins

Conservative Groups Slam ‘Misguided’ Bill Allowing Sessions To Criminalize More Drugs

[Story at The Daily Caller, image from amazon.com]

ㅤThis illustrates the problems within the GOP itself. The ideology of some conservatives makes them ignore and corrupt the facts:
ㅤ1) Lawlessness of any kind is public enemy #1.
ㅤ2) They cite disputed theories about drug addiction that can’t be proven.
ㅤ3) It’s likely that heroin use has increased since 1980 because we have not implemented necessary measures to prevent the flow of drugs into the U.S.
ㅤ4) Drug traffickers have continued to grow smarter in bypassing what little effective prevention that currently exists.
ㅤ5) The growth of heroin use and death from overdose has skyrocketed since decriminalization began.
ㅤ6) As tougher immigratation law has slowed the inflow of illegal immigrants, tougher drug enforcement will likely slow the spread of the drug use.
ㅤ7) As nothing else has been truly effective for the last 35 years, law enforcement believes a border wall may be the only cure for America’s opioid epidemic.

To summarize, shut the F’ up and build the border wall !!