The United States has been in the grips of a harrowing heroin epidemic in recent years, with overdose deaths skyrocketing from the addictive drug.
Heroin use in the U.S. is rapidly expanding thanks to a two-pronged attack on our national sensibility, with preventative actions being stymied by political leftists and the Big Pharmaceutical lobby. The drug itself is second only to methamphetamine in terms of public perception of its risks, yet, many people who would otherwise not turn to hard drugs are finding themselves suddenly thrust into the seedy underbelly of society, attempting to score heroin.
Heroin’s rise has been irrevocably linked to opioids; doctor-prescribed painkillers that are derived from the poppy plant. These highly addictive and moderately effective drugs have been part of an absurd over-prescribing campaign by doctors nationwide, as gargantuan pharmaceutical companies financially pressure M.D.’s and surgeons to continue promoting the drugs. Being as addictive and dangerous as they are, one would think that a nationwide movement to ban the drugs would be underway, but, unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry has enormous pull in Washington thanks to their immensely wealthy lobbying arm.
As patients being treated with opioids run out of their prescriptions, they are often in dire need of a “fix” due to their addiction. Dealing in opioids such as Oxycontin is big business on the black market, where the prices can reach exorbitant and ridiculous levels. Searching for that same feeling, and often staving off withdrawal, Americans are turning to heroin in droves. The illicit and illegal drug is a similar opioid, with a similar high, and costs far less than backdoor Oxycontin.
Much of the nation’s heroin has been smuggled across our southern border by the Mexican cartels, who control enough of their nation’s police forces and landscape to easily procure, process, and package the drug. With no border wall, and a massively understaffed patrol force, Mexican heroin has become so prevalent in the United States that it is easier to find than the legal prescription pills that our nation is becoming addicted to.
Now, however, authorities in North Carolina may have put a bit of a damper on the domestic opiate trade, with a poppy field bust worth an estimated $500 million.
“The plants, which are used to make opium, morphine and heroin, were found on an acre of land near the town of Claremont, some 40 miles north of Charlotte.
“‘All total investigators removed and seized over 2,000 pounds of opium poppy plants found growing on the property along with multiple firearms and ammunition,’ the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to NBC News.
“‘One of our narcotics investigators came to the house looking for something else,’ Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told the Hickory Daily Record. ‘When he knocked on the door, the guys said, “I guess you’re here about the opium.”‘”
Hilarity of the arrest tale aside, this massive drug bust will only put a small dent in the enormous heroin marketplace in the United States. As Mexican cartels continue to pump the drug into our country, with our doctors still taking the Big Pharmaceutical incentives to get their patients hooked on opium-based pain relief, there is truly no end in sight to the nation’s current epidemic.