U.S. Government Guilty of Creating Heroin Addicts
October 16, 2014
Editorial By Wendy McElroy
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At least three factors call the official line into question.
First, in July 2013, the National Institute of Health published a study entitled, “Introduction to the Special Issue: Drugs, Wars, Military Personnel, and Veterans.” It stated: “Recent research suggests that the use and misuse of alcohol and prescription opioids (or POs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet) are the signature substances associated with OEF/OIF/OND military personnel and veterans; for many, the consumption of these substances is causing additional challenges both for military personnel and veteran populations.” (OEF/OIF/OND = Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn, Iraq) It would be amazing if prescription drug abuse was prevalent while far more easily and anonymously obtained drugs were eschewed.
Second, in the earlier stages of the 13-year war, rampant drug use was acknowledged. A 2007 Salon article was entitled, “Afghanistan. It’s easy for soldiers to score heroin in Afghanistan. Simultaneously stressed and bored, U.S. soldiers are turning to the widely available drug for a quick escape.”
Third, newspapers have recently exploded with stories of an epidemic rise in America’s heroin addicts. On March 21, a BBC News headline trumpeted, “The horrific toll of America’s heroin ‘epidemic’.” In April, NBC News ran a 17-part series on the epidemic. The Washington Post (May 16) ran an article entitled “When heroin use hit the suburbs, everything changed”; which focused on heroin addiction becoming a white phenomenon. None of the stories mentioned the impact of war or that most soldiers coming home are white. Instead, like the ABC News coverage (July 31), they dwelt on the “doubling” of addicts as though it had no discernible cause.
What is the truth of it? Sometimes intentionally and sometimes not, often directly and often through circumstance, the American government is the greatest cause of drug addiction at home. And war is its conduit.
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So why can’t “We, The Sheeple” connect the dots?
The Welfare / Warfare State makes us all poorer with its large number of Unintended Consequences!
Put Walmart and the other “drug” stores in charge of distribution and treat addiction as a medical problem.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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