While the president is golfing, his wife and kids are off
on another vactation, and our Attorney General had a
“private” meeting with a former president, the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration released their 2016 National
Heroin Threat Assessment Summary.
This report outlines an expanding public health crisis
that doesn’t seem to bother anyone in Washington, D.C.,
and we think it should. Some of the numbers are thought
provoking to say the least. We’ll list a few.
The number of herion users has almost tripled between 2007
Deaths due to synthetic opoids, like fentanyl and other
simular drugs, increased 79% between 2013 and 2014.
Deaths involving heroin more than tripled between 2010 and
2014. In 2014 there were 10,574 deaths involving herion.
to quote the summary “The number of users, treatment
admissions, overdose deaths, and seizures from trafficers
all increased over those reported in last year’s summary.”
Of little comfort is the fact that heroin seizures are up
80% since 2011.
If you can open a PDF file the summary can be found online
The DEA states many users of controlled prescription drugs
become addicted after a prescription for legitimate medical
purposes. Add to that the fact today herion is higher in
purity, easier to get than illegally obtained controlled drugs,
and less expensive.
We know the president is busy defending Muslims, when not
on the golf course, but we think information like this
should be available and solutions discussed. We didn’t
hear any outraged media,or politicians orating on the
subject. They must not have gotten the memo.
Comments are always welcome.