The United States is continuing to suffer from an incredibly destructive opioid epidemic due to our lax border laws and failed war on drugs.
As the nation was unconstitutionally mandated to purchase health insurance through the so-called “Affordable” Care Act, the number of Americans suffering from addiction to opioid-based painkillers has been on a steady, stratospheric climb. These drugs, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, are being prescribed in record numbers by doctors, who are reaping the financial benefits of a Big Pharmaceutical industry whose lust for greed has more than obscured their vision. Many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations are seeing the writing on the wall, so to speak, regarding the burgeoning legalization of marijuana in the United States – a reality that will certainly ruin their prospects for a prosperous future. In many cases, these companies believe that they only have a few years to get more patients hooked on their drugs before recreational marijuana comes to town and wipes out a fair portion of their doped-up user base.
Furthermore, this plays directly into the hands of illicit heroin dealers, specifically the Mexican drug cartels, who are able to prey upon Americans who have developed addictions to opiate-based pharmaceuticals. When the cost of these pills becomes exorbitant, many users turn to street-grade heroin to capture the same high, but at a fraction of the cost. This boom in heroin use has been described as an epidemic in recent years, and a drug bust in South Carolina this week seems to confirm that assessment.
“One of the most dangerous drugs on the streets is among more than a dozen pounds of narcotics Greenville County, South Carolina deputies found being transported on the interstate.
“Sheriff Will Lewis held a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Friday to discuss busts made by the county’s new interdiction team. Since February the four-deputy team has been working full-time to seize illegal drugs, guns, stolen cars and traveling fugitives on the county’s interstates.
“Last week, Lewis said in four different traffic stops, the team seized more than 17 pounds of heroin, over a pound of ‘gray death,’ 220 grams of methamphetamine and three ounces of marijuana.
“Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis said 1.2 pounds of carfentanil, also known as ‘gray death,’ was seized from a bus on the interstate. The wholesale value is more than $40,000. (Greenville County Sheriff’s Office via Fox Carolina)
“Gray death, a nickname for a drug cocktail often made of fentanyl and the buffalo tranquilizer carfentanil, can be cut with heroin. The mixture, which Lewis described as looking like concrete mix, is extremely lethal and can be deadly through skin contact.”
The deadly combination has been linked to a great many overdoses in recent months.
While the Big Pharma corporations are certainly unhappy that they are losing their customers to illicit narcotics, there is a silver lining for the amoral, legal pill-pushers: If these former patients do come to terms with their addiction and seek help, a great many treatments for opioid addiction involved other medicines created by the same corporations. Drugs like methadone and Narcan are often integrated in treatment programs for those addicted to heroin or prescribed opioids, and are prohibitively expensive for many.