America – Fentanyl Nation

“I don’t smoke dope for its own sake. It’s a road, not a destination. Sometimes I need just a little nudge to get me moving down the road.”
Nicotine (by Nell Zink)[1]

“We’re becoming a drug-infested nation. Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars. We’re not going to let it happen any longer.”
– President Donald Trump[2]

Dear Kim Moon-shine,

I was delighted to read your latest letter.

It pleases me immensely to hear you’re making good progress on a new generation of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles that can reach farther.

ICBMs are strength. Make them mobile and they become strength magnified.

Let me now turn to your question on the opioid crisis in the United States of Overdoses.

Heroine & Fentanyl PillsHeroine & Fentanyl Pills

Kim, the Fentanyl, Marijuana, Heroin and OxyContin highways run all across America, snaking into tiny hamlets, little towns and large cities.

Provisional drug overdose death data for 2016 analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and New York Times reveal that Fentanyl deaths have soared by 540% in just three years.[3]

In a belated — and futile response — to the epidemic of drug addiction and daily fatal overdoses, President Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency on October 26, 2017, after meeting with families affected by the opioid crisis.

“No part of our society — not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural — has been spared this plague of drug addiction and this horrible, horrible situation that’s taken place with opioids,” Trump said. “This epidemic is a national health emergency.”[4]

As Old as the Hills

American Sonderkommandos’ fondness for drugs is nothing new.

It’s as old as the hills.

Like seasons and fashion trends, only the drugs change.

Fentanyl is the current favorite only because it’s cheaper than Heroin and gives a deadlier high.

Back in the swinging sixties, Poppers (amyl nitrate) and LSD were popular among Hollywood stars and their eager fans.

Marijuana (aka Cannabis, Grass, Weed and Ganja) has always enjoyed a strong core base of devotees.

At Woodstock (on the East Coast) and Burning Man (on the West Coast), LSD and Marijuana were everywhere.

As the Vietnam War wound down, American Sonderkommandos developed a passion for Heroin, which came here from South America and South-East Asia (via corrupt U.S. soldiers).

A decade later, with some help from the CIA, Cocaine and Crack Cocaine made a triumphant entry into the United States.

After the economy went into a tailspin in the twenty-first century and millions of American Sonderkommandos fell on hard times, they embraced a variety of cheap synthetic drugs like Meth, OxyContin and, finally, Fentanyl and Carfentanil (used to tranquilize elephants).

By the second decade of the twenty-first century, Marijuana had been legalized in several states for medical and/or recreational purposes, and weed was blended into brownies, cookies and pastries. In 2017, Marijuana stores in some states even offered Black Friday Specials.

Highways to Hell

In 2015, over 52,000 people died of a drug overdose in America.

No, overdose fatalities did not show a letup in 2016 in the United States of Addicts.

The CDC found 64,070 people died in 2016 because of drug overdoses.[5]

Drug Overdose Deaths in America

A June 2017 report by STAT forecasts that opioids could kill 650,000 people over the next decade and cost the U.S. economy several hundred billion dollars.[6]

America’s high fatality rate from drugs is not in the least surprising when you consider our Sonderkommandos consume 80% of the world’s opioids.

In their relentless quest for a high, Sonderkommandos inject, snort, lick and swallow drugs.

Kim, some American arschlöcher even shove opioids into their rectums while other Sonderkommandos overdose on smoothies made from diarrhea drugs like Loperamide.[7]

“You can take a stone and throw it in any direction and you will hit a dealer,” said Rev. Dan Southern, who helps addicts in Sussex County (DE) recover. “It’s that bad.”[8]

At the request of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Rand Corporation did a study which estimated that Americans spend $100 billion annually on just four illegal drugs — heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. Mind you, those numbers are for 2010.[9]

Frequent users accounted for most of the spending and consumption of illegal drugs.

If you include synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, prescription drugs abuse and update the Rand estimates, the overall market for illegal drugs in 2017 is likely to be in excess of $150 billion.

Overdose Nation

American Sonderkommandos are the De Quinceys of the modern world, albeit without the genius of the English writer who thrilled nineteenth century Brits with his opium-fueled literary phantasmagoria.

Sonderkommandos spend much of their drug or alcohol propelled lives in a haze of which the monsters are only dimly conscious.

Bereft of hope, abandoned by family, lacking any friends and desperate for a high, millions of American Sonderkommandos get through a miserable day only with the help of opioids like Fentanyl and heroin.

In their constant quest for a bigger high, American Sonderkommandos are constantly seeking newer and more powerful drugs.

Heroin is deadlier than marijuana and morphine.

Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

Carfentanil (traditionally used to tranquilize elephants) is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

The ghastly face of twenty-first century America is Fentanyl.

In the United States of Overdoses, Whites, Latinos, Blacks and Asians are eagerly embracing the “kick” of Fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller.

Overdose deaths from synthetic drugs like Fentanyl rose to 9,580 in 2015 and was up 72% over the previous year.[10]

By the end of 2016, Fentanyl was killing more people than heroin in Long Island (NY), New Hampshire and New England.[11]

In Virginia, deaths from Fentanyl overdoses soared by 175% in 2016. Virginia drug dealers, like their counterparts in other states, are spiking heroin with Fentanyl and Fentanyl analogues.

“The combination of Fentanyl mixed with heroin has been the biggest contributor to the spike in the number of fatal opioid overdoses in Virginia,” the Washington Post wrote in April 2017 citing state officials.[12]

Heroin laced with Fentanyl often comes in a tiny orange container that addicts refer to as a “trash can.” Given their warped souls, it’s perhaps unsurprising that millions of American Sonderkommandos should discover their Nirvana in a “trash can.”

Fentanyl overdoses killed in excess of 400 people in Philadelphia and surrounding areas in 2016. Responsible for over 2,000 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania, Fentanyl overtook heroin to be the killer overdose drug in the state.

In an Only-in-America happening, even canines are falling victim to Fentanyl.

K9 dogs belonging to police departments have overdosed on Fentanyl after stepping on residue or inhaling the drug.[13]

While Clown-in-Chief Donald Trump and his cronies are fretting about North Korea’s nuclear missiles hitting Guam and the mainland, Fentanyl has already become a bigger weapon of mass destruction in hundreds of communities across the U.S.

In the second quarter of 2017, reports were coming in from Georgia and Ohio of drug dealers putting out a new opioid combo that some are calling Gray Death. The new drug is a lethal combination of Fentanyl, heroin, Carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.

Potent Poison

Unlike cocaine, heroin and marijuana (all produced from poppies), Fentanyl, developed in the 1960s, is a synthetic drug made from chemicals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found Fentanyl to be 50 times more potent than heroin and up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Since Fentanyl is far more powerful than heroin and other drugs, it has quickly attracted thousands of Sonderkommandos desperate for a massive high and sellers eager to cash in on the craving.

Fentanyl, which works by binding well to opioid receptors in the brain, is also highly addictive since it induces euphoria and relaxation by boosting dopamine levels.

Medical researchers have found opioid receptors in the brain to be more susceptible to Fentanyl than to other drugs.

And, of course, nothing thrills American Sonderkommandos than the constant high of euphoria, however short-lived or dangerous it may be.

So alarmed are some U.S. officials by the drug’s death toll that in October 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry wrote to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon seeking restrictions on trade in two key Fentanyl ingredients (NPP and ANPP) by getting them labeled as controlled substances under a U.N. convention that regulates narcotics.

“The United States is experiencing an epidemic of overdose deaths linked to opioids including Fentanyl-laced heroin,” Kerry wrote in the letter.[14]

Killing Fields

Fentanyl has been linked to thousands of overdoses across America between 2013-2017.

Fentanyl has caused overdose deaths in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and nearly every state.

“Fentanyl is what is killing our citizens,” Manchester (NH) police chief Nick Willard told Congress in 2016.[15]

Exposure to even small amounts of Fentanyl, either through inhalation or touching, can cause death in some instances.

Unlike with heroin, Naloxone revival kits don’t always work with Fentanyl.

Fortunately, it did work in the case of a woman who passed out in a dollar store in Lawrence (Mass) on September 18, 2016, after a Fentanyl overdose. The 36-year-old woman lay on the floor while her crying 2-year-old toddler desperately tried to wake her passed-out mother. This is one of countless Fentanyl horror stories playing out all across America.[16]

Often, a double dose of Naloxone is needed to revive Fentanyl overdose victims.

Fentanyl’s appeal to drug traffickers and producers lies in it being cheaper and easier to make. For street dealers, a kilogram of Fentanyl is $5,000 or less compared to $75,000-$80,000 for the same amount of heroin.

Since Fentanyl is more profitable for drug dealers, they’re aggressively pushing it through their “channel” and via other drug addicts.

Seizures of Fentanyl rose 7x in two years, from 2012 to 2014, according to the CDC.

CDC reports that there were 4,585 confiscations of Fentanyl in 2014.[17]

It is safe to assume confiscations are the tip of the iceberg as the vast Fentanyl predator silently stalks the killing fields of America turning one Sonderkommando after another into a zombie.

“Drug incidents and overdoses related to Fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represents a significant threat to public health and safety,” Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele M. Leonhard warned in 2015.[18]

Users of drugs like Fentanyl and meth often come from “drug houses,” i.e., families where drug use among elders is common.

Children growing up in “drug houses” have no chance of a normal life and eventually descend into a spiral of addiction, crime, violence and incarceration/death.

No corner of America is a safe haven from the inroads of Fentanyl. It’s like the desert, encroaching every day on more fertile land around it and turning green patches arid.

Fentanyl has left few places in America untouched.

From small towns in New Hampshire in the North-East to large cities in California, Fentanyl is a crisis that’s completely overwhelmed local officials and left victims and their families devastated.

In New York City, Fentanyl accounted for 16% of overdose deaths in 2015. Fentanyl has been linked to 500 fatal overdoses in NYC in 2016.[19]

In Massachusetts, Fentanyl was found in the systems of over half the 1,319 opioid-related deaths in 2015.

Death certificates of overdose victims reveal a disturbing trend in recent years. In search of a bigger high, drug users in several states are using Fentanyl in combination with heroin.

In Maryland, Fentanyl-related overdoses soared three-fold to 738 in the first nine-months of 2016, according to the Washington Post. “State health officials say many people unwittingly buy fentanyl or fentanyl-laced drugs when they try to purchase heroin, which is several times less potent. In the first nine months of this year, there were 503 overdose deaths involving a combination of heroin and fentanyl, compared with 124 in 2015,” wrote the Post in late 2016.[20]

Fentanyl’s carnage shows no signs of abating in Maryland. In the first half of 2017, Fentanyl-related deaths in Maryland jumped 70% over the same period in the previous year to 800.

“We continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of overdose deaths connected to Fentanyl,” Maryland’s acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader said in late October 2017.[21]

A Hispanic woman I know lamented her son’s death to me by describing how he got a “bad dose of heroin” (i.e., a heroin dose laced with Fentanyl).[22]

Fentanyl is like a serial killer claiming new victims in new territories, and always one step ahead of the police.

“While Appalachia and the Northwest have been hardest hit by the new opioids, the upper Midwest is also reeling,” says the Wall Street Journal study of the opioid scourge ravaging small town America.[23]

Compounding the problem of the authorities in controlling the synthetic drug, Fentanyl is also a legal painkiller, a.k.a. prescription opioid and often used as an anesthetic.

Early Grave

The constant craving for a high from drugs or alcohol is sending tens of thousands of American Sonderkommandos to their graves early.

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the death rate for Americans in the 25-44 age group has increased for all races.

A Washington Post study found that the “jump in death rates has been driven in large measure by drug overdoses and alcohol abuse.”[24]

Unsurprisingly, the death rate of White Sonderkommandos is up by 12%.

Since most American Whites believe they were put on Planet Earth just to Eat, Drink, Fuck & Snort they unabashedly dive into every cesspool of vice they encounter with mucho gusto.

Compared to Whites, the jump in death rate for African Americans and Hispanics in the second decade of the twenty-first century is lower and comes to 4% and 7% respectively.

“Deaths from drug overdoses among whites are still more than double the rate for blacks, and are rising rapidly,” write the authors of the June 9, 2017, Washington Post article.[25]

Only native Americans have seen a jump in death rate (18%) higher than that of Whites in the 2010-2015 period.

While public health experts are concerned about the early deaths of Whites in their most productive years due to drugs, perhaps it’s a blessing to the rest of the world.

After all, it’s America’s White Sonderkommandos who have wreaked ecological havoc on this planet and inflicted horrific violence on other people with a ferocity not seen even in wild beasts.

One can only hope that the “deaths of despair” of millions of White American Sonderkommandos will lead to a better planet and less violence against the less privileged sections of the world.

What is “catastrophic” for America’s White Sonderkommandos could well turn out to be a “divine blessing” for colored people everywhere.

Other Drugs

Since variety is the bizarre spice of American morbidity, Fentanyl is not the only drug that has hijacked the lives of countless youngsters in the United States of Drug Addicts.

Heroin, Cocaine, Crack, Meth, Flakka and prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, PCP a.k.a. Angel Dust, Alprazolam, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone have also taken a huge toll on Americans.

Meth PipeMeth Pipe

In their constant quest for higher profits, drug dealers experiment with various cocktails.

Unbeknownst to users, heroin, Oxycodone and other opioids are often laced with Fentanyl by drug dealers.

In Cincinnati (OH), crazy drug dealers sold heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer Carfentanil in August 2016 triggering over four dozen overdoses.

In state after state, drug distribution companies, doctors and pharmacies have entered into an unholy, tacit alliance to make prescription drugs easily available to people.

Pill-mill medical practices that dispense millions of prescription drugs to people without careful scrutiny are not uncommon.

An investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail found West Virginia got 780 million doses of prescription drugs (including Oxycodone and Hydrocodone) between 2007-2012. The dirt poor state had 1,728 overdose deaths in the same period.[26]

In desperation, hard-hit counties have started filing cases against large drug distribution companies like McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, and pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS.

Kanawha and Cabell counties in West Virginia are among the first local governments to fire the cannon of lawsuits against drug distributors and pharmacies. But they will not be the last.[27]

The tiny waves of lawsuits by local governments against drug distributors will eventually turn into a tsunami.

Marijuana Edibles

Not content with inhaling, injecting, sniffing, smearing, smoking and swallowing drugs or stuffing them into their rectums, American arschlöcher have now taken to eating drugs.

Marijuana edibles are all the rage with American Sonderkommandos in states like Oregon, Colorado and Washington.[28]

Recipes in cannabis books drive up excitement for Marijuana infused gummy bears, hard candy, baked blondies, espresso brownies, chocolate mint cookies, chocolate truffles, stuffed sweet potato, smoked bacon, olive oil, strawberry trifle, pumpkin pie, cheese crisps, etc.

YouTube features dozens of instructional videos on how to make Marijuana milkshakes and a host of other items.

There are even competitions to judge the talents of Marijuana chefs who dream of being the “Mrs. Fields of cannabis foods.”

Of course, there are Kosher Marijuana edibles too. Don’t tell me you’re surprised.

Although currently available only for medical Marijuana users, I guess it won’t be long before Kosher Marijuana edibles jump over to the recreational side too.[29]

How long before an enterprising desi chef on Oak Tree Road in Edison (NJ) rustles up a “sinfully delicious” Chicken Tikka Marijuana and Hyderabad Dum Marijuana Biryani? Kim, your guess is as good as mine.

Unsurprisingly, with the growing popularity of Marijuana edibles sometimes they are ending up in the mouths of children.

In New York’s Rockland County, a 10-year-old boy was rushed to the emergency room on May 14, 2017, after he ate Marijuana-infused candy that his father had left in the family’s car.[30]

In the United States of Freaks, there are even special Marijuana edibles for dogs.

Crisis Zone

All of America is a crisis zone when it comes to the sale and use of illegal drugs.

A problem once restricted to major cities like NYC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles or Wilmington (DE), today the scourge of illegal drugs has hit communities even in small towns in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Maryland, upstate New York and other states.

To better coordinate the state’s response to the opioid epidemic, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on March 1, 2017.

Small towns in the mid-west and their police forces are struggling to address the growing opioid problem.

Fentanyl-laced heroin is blamed for several overdose deaths in Philadelphia. While the Kensington neighborhood is the “epicenter of the city’s opioid use,” no section of Philly is free from the curse of drug use and fatal overdoses.

In the City of Brotherly Love, the 900 fatal overdoses reported in 2016 is over thrice the city’s homicide rate. Fentanyl is involved in 50% of opioid deaths in Philadelphia.[31]

A Gallup Poll conducted in early October 2016 found that 65% of Americans considered the problem of illegal drugs to be “extremely” or “very serious.”

Helpless to control the opioid crisis, dozens of American cities have launched “safe needle” programs to provide sterile needles to addicts. The goal is to prevent needle-sharing by addicts and stop the spread of other dangerous infections like HIV, hepatitis C, etc.

Since America is the land of the bizarre and home of the nutty, it’s hardly surprising that branding should extend to the pot business too.

No sooner had California legalized the recreational use of Marijuana via Proposition 64 in November 2016 than “famous” figures quickly started eyeing the pot business with mucho interest.

A famous singer’s children are already said to be in the medical marijuana business.

I can’t wait for the first Manson, Son of Sam, Trump or Hillary branded weed packets to hit the shelves of dollar stores in my small American town.

Yeah, Powerful Shit

In the United States of Whackos, bizarre is often the norm.

When an addict overdoses and dies, a strange situation unfolds in the neighborhood.

Instead of fleeing from the dealer who sold the lethal shit to a desperate addict, other addicts rush to embrace the murderous dealer.

In their weird logic and muddled imagination, the other befogged addicts reason that if one of their fellow addicts has died after using Fentanyl or Fentanyl-laced heroin or cocaine purchased from a particular dealer then it must be really powerful shit.

So in their demoniacal rush for a bigger high, they make a beeline for the same dealer.

Here’s what the Washington Post had to say in a piece on Fentanyl overdose deaths: “Some [dealers] give away a little product as an enticement, but the samples come with a deadly catch …. One bag out of the batch usually contains a lethal dose of Fentanyl. If word of an overdose from the lethal bag spreads, drug users seek out the dealer — because they know that dealer has the strongest product, the best fix for the money.”[32]

The reputation of drug dealers in twenty-first century America is built on the deaths of their customers.

The subliminal message America’s drug dealers are sending out to eager Sonderkommando addicts is unmistakable — Our shit is so potent it can even kill you.

Countless Lives Lost

In the United States of Addicts, fatal opioid overdoses are frequent.

Every day, 78 people die of opioid overdose in America.

In one horrific case, the rotting body of a woman who overdosed and died in a Brooklyn drug den was found nearly eight weeks later.[33]

In the 15 years from 2000-2014, half a million people paid the ultimate price for their drug addiction.[34]

Drug overdoses snatch more American lives than guns or car accidents.

Hospital emergency rooms across the nation are overrun with several hundred thousand overdose victims every year.

Even pregnant women can’t resist the siren song of meth, Fentanyl or heroin.

“No matter how you measure it, opioid abuse in America has reached epidemic proportions,” wrote former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara a few months before he was kicked out of his job by President Trump.[35]

In 2015, at least 937 people died in New York City after fatal overdoses, (up from 800 in 2014).

Bharara’s strategy was to aggressively go after drug dealers in NYC in cases of fatal overdoses.

To reduce overdose deaths, police officers in several states often carry the anti-overdose drug Narcan nasal spray (a.k.a. Naloxone) along with their guns and batons. (In the United States of Racists, Narcan is for “misguided” White kids while bullets and batons are reserved for the Black “animals.”)

In just one state, New Jersey, police officers used Narcan 18,000 times since 2014 to save overdose victims.

New Jersey has over 128,000 drug addicts and the death toll exceeds 5,000 for the 2005-2015 period.[36]

In Indiana and Ohio, dads and moms have been found overdosed in cars, with drug paraphernalia in their hands, while their toddlers are crying in the backseats.

The craziness with drugs never stops in the United States of Perversity.

In Washington state, parents are alleged to have injected their young children with heroin.

Surge in drug overdose deaths is the common thread uniting otherwise disparate states in America. Fentanyl and heroin do not distinguish between Red and Blue states.

Besides the lives lost, the opioid crisis is imposing a huge financial cost on America.

One study estimated the economic burden of drugs at $78.5 billion.[37]

Innocent Victims

Countless innocent Americans have paid a heavy price for the use of illegal drugs by other people.

On several occasions, drug usage has caused the gruesome deaths of innocent people, who are non-drug users.

In a horrific case that shook even this doped-out nation, drug user Ricky Jovan Gray murdered the Harvey family of four including two young girls aged 9 and 4 in Richmond (VA) on January 1, 2006.

The victims were hammered and stabbed to death in their home.

Although he initially confessed to the murders, Ricky Jovan Gray later claimed he couldn’t remember killing the four members of the Harvey family because he was high on the PCP drug. (Gray’s accomplice in the murders, his nephew Ray Joseph Dandridge, is serving a life sentence without parole for his role in various killings.)[38]

Convicted by a Virginia jury in August 2006, Ricky Gray was executed on January 18, 2017.

The sick beast Ricky Gray is not an exception in the United States of Drug Users.

Countless horrific crimes have been committed in America by beasts high on drugs like PCP, heroin and Fentanyl.

Jail Withdrawal Deaths

In the United States of Addicts, drug users frequently die of withdrawal effects should they be unlucky enough to be shoved into jail.

Although drug withdrawal effects are severe, cold-blooded prison guards often turn a deaf ear to the pleadings and moans for an IV or some other form of relief.

Vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and trembling are a few of the health problems that hit drug users experiencing withdrawal.

Further, jails and prisons starved of medical resources are rarely equipped to respond adequately to withdrawal and the victims often die. Many incarceration centers lack even basic devices like BP monitors, IV tubes and syringes.

Lawsuits from families of drug users who succumbed to withdrawal effects that were not treated or responded to promptly reveal a distressing tale of neglect and callousness.

In February 2017, Mother Jones published a fine article about several drug users who died in jail after being denied help for withdrawal.[39]

The situation is much worse in prisons where healthcare is outsourced to private contractors.

In the relentless prioritization of profits over patient-care by private medical contractors in U.S. prisons, the first victims are the sick.

Opiate Orphans

For the ineffable sin of creating countless orphans in Vietnam, Japan, Libya, North Korea, Iraq, Germany, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Laos, Syria and so many other countries through reckless direct or proxy wars, bad Karma is now catching up with America.

West Virginia and several other states are forced to deal with hundreds of opiate orphans whose parents have died of overdoses.

State officials in the rural hinterlands of West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and other places are at a complete loss on how to deal with the aftermath of cases where both parents have died of overdoses or had their children taken away from them.

Placed in the care of grandmothers, distant relatives or foster homes, opiate orphans are experiencing a living nightmare every day.

“The opiate epidemic has essentially wiped out an entire generation of health advances, and now West Virginia has begun to focus more of its resources on prevention and preservation among the next generation entering into the void,” writes Eli Saslow in the Washington Post.[40]

The opioid crisis has traumatized tens of thousands of young children and triggered a host of emotional and psychiatric problems as they deal with their parents’ addiction and deaths.

As Fentanyl and other synthetic drugs make further inroads into America, more children will join the ranks of the deeply traumatized.

Besides the Washington Post, other newspapers have also discovered that tens of thousands of young children in America are paying a heavy price for their parents’ addiction.

“The number of youngsters in foster care in many states has soared, overwhelming social workers and courts. Hospitals that once saw few opioid-addicted newborns are now treating dozens a year,” notes a Wall Street Journal investigation into the opioid crisis.[41]

Kim, the opioid orphans problem in America may eventually resemble what happened when Stalin deported both parents to the icy Gulags during his “Great Terror” campaigns in the 1930s and shoveled tens of thousands of children into poorly run state orphanages.

Life is already turning into a series of locust years for America’s growing numbers of opiate orphans.

Made in China

iPhones, iPads, auto parts and washing machines are not the only things coming to America from China.

In recent years, Fentanyl and a host of other synthetic drugs also originate in the labs of China.

Unsurprisingly, some of the street names of Fentanyl are China Girl and China White.

A lot of Chinese-made drugs are shipped to Mexico from where they make their land journey north to the vast immoral wasteland of hedonism, vice and savagery.

While Al Qaeda and ISIS are engaged in the “hard terrorism” of bomb and truck attacks, Chinese chemists are busy with the soft terrorism of exporting deadly, synthetic drugs to America.

No sooner is one chemical banned than “enterprising” Chinese chemists synthesize another dangerous one to feed the insatiable appetite of American Sonderkommandos for a lasting high.

Dozens of Chinese entrepreneurs sell illegal opioids like Furanyl Fentanyl, 4-FIBF and U-47700 online and some even ship them directly to customers’ doorsteps.

“China is not the only source of the problem, but they are the dominant source of fentanyl along with precursor chemicals and pill presses that are being exported from China,” DEA Special Agent Russell Baer told the Associated Press.[42]

Drugs to Liquor

So where do the profits from illegal drugs end up?

Some of it goes to the Mexican drug kingpins who run the business and move the “powder” from Colombia, Guatemala and other parts of South America all the way into the American heartland.

In recent years, profits from synthetic drugs like Fentanyl are flowing into bank accounts of Chinese businessmen in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Inside America, a lot of the profits of dealers end up in wasteful consumption like liquor, flashy cars, high fashion and jewelry.

Visit an American liquor store after 9PM and you’ll spot young drug dealers and their hangers-on scoop up 750ml bottles of Hennessy, Rémy, Ciroc, Moet & Chandon, Belvedere and Grey Goose.

How do you know when a young drug dealer has had a very good day in America? Simple — he struts into a liquor store around 11PM and buys a Gran Patrón Platinum tequila bottle (750ml) for $189 in cash without thinking twice.

In bizarre America, one vice (drugs) sustains another vice (liquor).

Oh, America’s illegal drugs business also resembles the country’s nasty corporations.

Big dealers at the top (the 1%) scoop up the bulk of the profits while the “corner boys and lookouts” (the 99%) often end up with little more than minimum wage money.

Insane Arrests

Every 25 seconds, someone is arrested in America for drug use or possession.

For American cops, drug users are low hanging fruit. An easy way to make arrests and pretend to be serious about tackling crime.

After all, going after addicts is 100-times easier for overweight cops than solving more serious crimes like homicides or nabbing drug dealers.

Here’s what Human Rights Watch had to say in an October 2016 report: “Around the country, police make more arrests for drug possession than for any other crime. More than one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement is for drug possession, amounting to more than 1.25 million arrests each year. And despite officials’ claim that drug laws are meant to curb drug sales, four times as many people are arrested for possessing drugs as are arrested for selling them.”[43]

Roughly half of all drug arrests are for marijuana possession.

More people are arrested in America for possessing marijuana than for all violent crimes (rape, murder, aggravated assault, etc.) combined.

Researchers at Human Rights Watch found that over 574,000 were arrested for marijuana possession versus 508,681 for all violent crimes.

So why are so many people arrested and prosecuted for personal drug use?

The answer is simple — To ensure jobs for police officers, prosecutors and prison guards and keep the social conservatives happy, America has taken the harsh road by criminalizing possession of even small amounts of drugs.

Locking Up Blacks

No matter what they say in public, most White Sonderkommandos in America loath the mere sight of Blacks.

In the White mindset, the best place for Blacks is to be out of their sight, either dead or behind bars.

So being tough on drugs is an effective “legal” way for the United States of White Trash to lock up Blacks in the hundreds of thousands.

Even in cities like Seattle where Whites control the drug trade, it’s Blacks who get disproportionately arrested for serious drug offenses.[44]

Research studies have shown that America’s White trash is more likely than Blacks to peddle drugs.

Cheap Shit

Falling prices of drugs is one reason illegal drug use has exploded across the nation including in the rural hinterlands of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and other states.

Once expensive and affordable only to the well-heeled, illegal drugs are now within easy reach of lower and middle class Americans. Kinda like LCD TVs that used to cost $2,000 in 2008 are going for $200 at Walmart in 2017.

The price of drugs like heroin has fallen relentlessly for nearly three decades in America to the great delight of craving Sonderkommandos.

Higher poppy cultivation in America’s southern neighbor, Mexico, has contributed to the decline in heroin prices while cheap synthetic drugs like Fentanyl give addicts more bang for their buck.

Even the Washington Post, no friend of President Donald Trump, acknowledged that Trump was right when he lamented during a White House press conference that drugs were cheaper than candy bars in the drug-infested United States.[45]

“Pee-wee” capsules of diluted heroin can go for as low as $6 on street corners, says a report in the Baltimore Sun.[46]

Fentanyl-laced heroin is probably even cheaper.

Single Oxycodone or Hydrocodone pills can be purchased for a buck or less in several cities.

Cheap synthetic drugs like Fentanyl and Furanyl are increasing price pressure on heroin and cocaine.

Why the Rise

For thousands of American drug dealers their nation is like what Sinaloa was to Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzman.

Notorious drugs trafficker El Chapo has often lamented that it was the limited economic opportunity in Sinaloa that caused him to drift into the drug trade.[47]

Ditto with crime and punishment in America.

It’s the utter hopelessness and lack of jobs in the inner cities of Memphis, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Dover and Los Angeles that has turned them into no-entry crime zones.

As industries shut down and businesses moved shop to China and Mexico, well-paying jobs became scarce in cities and towns across America.

When the choice of a job is between dog walking and drug dealing, you can’t blame the young Black or White kid for entering the drug trade.

In America, Black kids dominate the street-level heroin drug trade in cities while Meth labs in impoverished rural areas are often run by White youngsters.

Four decades after the Nixon administration declared a “War on Drugs,” drug use rates have not significantly declined in America.

When there are few good job opportunities other than selling drugs or swindling on Wall Street, it’s inevitable that the count of drug smugglers, dealers and pushers will continue to swell in the United States of Sonderkommandos.

America cannot win the drug war unless it makes fundamental changes and reforms its exploitative economic system.

Scarce Treatment

As is often the case in the United States of Perversity, America’s attitude toward drugs is bizarre.

The nation devotes precious little resources in providing treatment to drug users even when they want it.

Help for drug addicts is not easy to come by in most states of the United States of Addicts.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2015 less than 20% of those needing treatment got it.

“The shortage of treatment facilities is a problem nationwide. More than a dozen states have fewer than 10 clinics each,” noted an Associated Press story in May 2017.[48]

Given the scale of the opioid problem in America, one would have expected to see far more detox centers and counseling programs.

Instead, drug treatment centers are stigmatized as “methadone clinics” and attacked as violence zones.

In desperation, authorities in several parts of America have started offering immunity to drug users who hand in their heroin.

In Cincinnati, Gloucester (Mass), Scarborough (Maine), Seattle, Portland, Albany, Santa Fe and dozens of other communities, the police have promised not to arrest people handing in their heroin.

But even that bizarre strategy is not working and only a small amount of drugs and drug-paraphernalia have been surrendered.

A lot of American Sonderkommandos have a bizarre attitude toward treatment centers, more so if the clinics are helping addicts from out of state.

Take for instance Georgia, which has 71 drug treatment centers. Locals in the north-west of the state are so mad about out-of-staters coming in for treatment that they pressured their legislator into pushing a bill preventing the opening of new centers.

So why should anyone be surprised that thousands of addicts have no redemption path in the United States of Addicts.

Mexico Ruined

American Sonderkommandos’ obsession for a constant high has extracted a massive toll on Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and other poor Latin American nations.

Mexico has been turned into a vast killing field to feed the insatiable appetite of American Sonderkommandos for heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and Fentanyl.

Instead of trying to address the drug crisis inside the United States through more treatment and detox centers, more effective policing and a massive education campaign, American leaders have resorted to a fiendish policy of trying to control inflow of illicit drugs by looking south of the border, i.e., to Mexico and Colombia.

Drugs-related violence has cost the lives of 200,000 people in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderón declared a war on drug traffickers in 2006 under heavy American pressure.

“The opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain in the United States is also savaging Mexico, contributing to a breakdown of order in rural areas. Heroin is like steroids for drug gangs, pumping money and muscle into their fight to control territory and transportation routes to the United States,” writes Joshua Partlow in the Washington Post.[49]

Mexico is now the main supplier of heroin (90%) to American Sonderkommandos, relegating Colombia to the sidelines of the drugs business.

Vast sections of Mexico have turned into lawless territories because of drugs-related violence. In recent years, several drug gangs have expanded into extortion and kidnapping. With the Mexican police compromised by their links to drug traffickers, gun-battles are a norm and peace an anomaly.

Aerial spraying of coca fields in Colombia and massive financial aid to Mexico to nab traffickers have made little difference to the drugs flowing into America or reduced the number of drug users stateside. Heroin, cocaine, marijuana and Fentanyl continue to be available at every street corner in America.

In short, after completely failing to tackle the problem inside America our leaders have outsourced Nixon’s failed War on Drugs campaign to Mexico and Colombia.

To smuggle drugs into America, several criminal cartels have cropped up in Mexico. Insanely violent, the Mexican drug trafficking cartels have destroyed the social fabric of the nation, particularly in the border areas.

Mexican drug cartels are estimated to rake in as much as $29 billion annually from their business in the U.S.[50]

Fratricidal wars between Mexican drug cartels, and between the military and various drug gangs have triggered hellish levels of violence including frequent decapitations, gruesome torture, and kidnappings of journalists, teachers and average citizens.

Crime reporters writing on drug cartels or drug smuggling are murdered. Lamenting the murder of many reporters, Mexico based English journalist Ioan Grillo wrote, “The murder of Mexican journalists is old news …. A key problem is that local officials are often working with the drug cartels, and occasionally were even themselves involved in the attacks.”[51]

The Global Peace Index Report found Mexico to have the most internal conflict deaths in 2016. Unsurprisingly, the total cost of violence containment in Mexico was a mammoth $273 billion.[52]

Drug traffickers have so completely corrupted the Mexican police at every level that the nation’s military is now being brought in to tackle drug trafficking and other drugs-related crimes.

Instead of investing on development schemes and social programs for its vast army of poor citizens, Mexico is spending tens of billions of dollars in a futile battle to curb drugs-related crime.

Drug trafficker El Chapo Guzman’s arrest and extradition to the U.S. has made no difference to the flow of illicit drugs north since his territory was quickly grabbed by rivals.

As long as America continues to remain the world’s largest market for illegal drugs, Mexico will remain a bloody battleground.

Different Singapore

Asian cities like Singapore and Mumbai feature large outdoor markets where people go to dine on crab, fresh fish, noodles, curry, tandoori, kebabs, okra, vada pav and all kinds of delicacies.

Since America is an exceptional nation, we have a different kind of outdoor market in our cities.

Large U.S. cities now feature open-air drug markets where addicts buy and shoot up drugs without fear of arrests.

Every day, Philadelphia addicts trek to the corner of Somerset Street and Kensington Avenue for their daily fix.

Appropriately enough, the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia is known as the Badlands.

Similar Badlands exist in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami and other American hellholes.

These open air shoot-up centers are the last stop on the Fentanyl highway.

Several American cities also offer addicts free needles or run needle exchange programs.

Decriminalize Drugs

If for no other reason than to save Mexico, Colombia and other central American nations, the U.S. must decriminalize drug possession and use.

If millions of Americans over 21 can drink themselves into a stupor and damage their livers, why shouldn’t grownups enjoy the thrill and high of Fentanyl, heroin, marijuana or other drugs.

America tried Prohibition (of alcohol) in the 1920s and it was a total disaster.

Only the mob and smugglers benefitted from Prohibition. Alcohol continued to be easily available in countless speakeasies (illicit liquor saloons) across the country.[53]

Speakeasies sprang up and flourished in New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and dozens of other cities.

“Prohibition was more of a theory than a practice in the City by the Bay,” writes Katie Dowd in the San Francisco Chronicle.[54]

Better sense prevailed upon legislators and Prohibition was ultimately repealed in 1933.

But decriminalization of drug use is proving a harder issue to tackle.

Even decriminalization of the less potent Marijuana (a.k.a. grass, pot or ganja) is posing a vexing problem.

Police officers and prison guards steadfastly oppose relaxation of Marijuana laws since it affects their jobs.

Drug peddlers and addicts have proven to be a blessing for police officers, prosecutors and prison guards.

Republicans and Christian Conservatives are another thorn in the flesh of Marijuana users.

Although the majority of Americans (60%) support legalizing Marijuana use, very few states have been able to make headway.[55]

As of December 2017, recreational use of Marijuana is legal only in Colorado, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Maine, Washington, Oregon and Washington DC (but blocked by Congress in DC).[56]

It’s not altruism that’s causing some states to look at decriminalizing Marijuana. The real reason is that the states just don’t have the money to incarcerate thousands of low-level drug users.

In the United States of Sonderkommandos where millions have little education, no job, very little income and no hope, drugs offer a momentary respite from the daily misery of their pathetic lives.

Kim, in the land of great vice, poverty and immorality outlawing opioids makes no sense.


Karma Gospel Notes

[1] Nicotine (2016), by Nell Zink, p.266
[2] Trump is Right – Drugs are Often Cheaper than Candy Bars, by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, February 16, 2017; also read, Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference, New York Times, February 16, 2017
[3] The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 40% in Three Years, by Josh Katz, New York Times, September 2, 2017
[4] Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘Health Emergency’ but Requests No Funds, by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times, October 26, 2017
[5] Provisional Count of Drug Overdose Deaths, as of August 6, 2017, CDC; also read Drug Deaths in America are Rising Faster Than Ever, by Josh Katz, New York Times, June 5, 2017
[6] STAT Forecast: Opioids Could Kill Nearly 500,000 Americans in the Next Decade, by Max Blau, statnews.com, June 27, 2017
[7] Why Some Opioid Addicts Overdose on a Diarrhea Drug, by Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, April 7, 2017
[8] Delaware Fears More Heroin Overdoses, by Brittany Horn, News Journal, April 24, 2017
[9] How Big is the US Market for Illegal Drugs, Rand Corporation Research Brief of What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000-2010, by Beau Kilmer, et al., RR-534-ONDCP, 2014
[10] Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015, by Rose A. Rudd, Puja Seth, Felicita David, and Lawrence Scholl, CDC, December 16, 2016
[11] Fentanyl Outpaces Heroin as the Deadliest Drug on Long Island, by Kevin Deutsch, New York Times, DEC. 28, 2016; also read Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl. By Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, March 25, 2016
[12] Drug Overdose Deaths Top 1,400 in Virginia in 2016, by Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, April 13, 2017
[13] On the Job, K9 Drug Dogs Face Threat of Overdosing on Fentanyl, by Kendra Peek, The Advocate-Messenger, November 29, 2016
[14] John Kerry quoted in U.S. Seeks Curb on Chemicals Used to Make Fentanyl, a Powerful Opioid, by Jeanne Whalen, Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2016
[15] What is Fentanyl? The Little-Known but Deadly Drug that Killed Prince, by Susan Zalkind, Guardian, June 3, 2016
[16] Mother Captured in ‘Heartbreaking’ Overdose Video Charged with Child Endangerment, by Lindsay Bever and Peter Holley, Washington Post, November 30, 2016
[17] Illegally-Made Fentanyl is On the Rise, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
[18] DEA Issues Nationwide Alert on Fentanyl as Threat to Health and Public Safety, Drug Enforcement Administration, March 18, 2015
[19] Fentanyl Outpaces Heroin as the Deadliest Drug on Long Island, by Kevin Deutsch, New York Times, December 28, 2016
[20] Maryland Overdose Deaths Continue Steep Climb, by Josh Hicks, Washington Post, December 30, 2016
[21] Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Continue to Soar in Maryland, by Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, October 24, 2017
[22] Estevanico Cortez’ Conversation with Hispanic Woman, January 16, 2017
[23] For Small-Town Cops, Opioid Scourge Hits Close to Home, by Jeanne Whalen, Wall Street Journal, September 2016
[24] The Drug Crisis is Now Pushing Up Death Rates for Almost All Groups of Americans, by Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating, Washington Post, June 9, 2017
[25] Ibid
[26] Opioid Distributors Sued by West Virginia Counties Hit by Drug Crisis, by Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, March 9, 2017
[27] Kanawha County Sues Drug Firms Over ‘Endless Supply’ of Painkillers, by Eric Eyre, Charleston Gazette-Mail, March 9, 2017
[28] The Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles, by Lizzie Widdicombe, New Yorker, April 24, 2017; How Marijuana Edibles Keep You Focused — No, Really, by Esra Green, NY Daily News, May 2, 2017
[29] Kosher Cannabis Edibles Could be Available in New York, by Victoria Taylor, NY Daily News, February 25, 2015
[30] NY Child Treated After Eating Marijuana Candy, NY Daily News, May 14, 2017
[31] Fatal Drug Overdoses in Philly Surged to 900 in 2016, The Inquirer, January 11, 2017; Man with ‘Heart of Gold’ Among 9 Dead from Apparent Drug ODs in 36 Hours in Kensington, The Inquirer, December 5, 2016
[32] Fentanyl Linked to Thousands of Overdose Deaths, by Nicole Lewis, Emma Ackerman, Joel Achenbach and Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, August 15, 2017
[33] Woman, 26, Left to Rot for Months After Overdose in Brooklyn Drug House, by Thomas Tracy, NY Daily News, October 8, 2016
[34] Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States Hit Record Numbers in 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
[35] All Hands on Deck vs. the Opioid Crisis, by Preet Bharara, NY Daily News, October 17, 2016
[36] Welcome to Herointown, New Jersey’s 4th Largest City, by Stephen Stirling, NJ.com; also read, Narcan Used 18K Times on N.J. Overdose Victims Since 2014, by Stephen Stirling, NJ.com, October 26, 2016
[37] Costs of US Prescription Opioid Epidemic Estimated at $78.5 Billion, Wolters Kluwer, Press Release Issued on September 14, 2016
[38] Years After Slayings, Some Seek Relief in Killer’s Executions, by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press, January 16, 2017; also read, 2006 Richmond Spree Murders, Wikipedia
[39] Go to Jail. Die from Drugs Withdrawal. Welcome to the Criminal Justice System, Mother Jones, by Julia Lurie, February 5, 2017
[40] Orphaned by America’s Opioid Epidemic, by Eli Saslow, Washington Post, December 17, 2016
[41] The Children of the Opioid Crisis, by Jeanne Whalen, Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2016
[42] Beijing denies US claim that China is synthetic drug king, by Erika Kinetz and Gillian Wong, Associated Press, December 19, 2016
[43] Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States, Human Rights Watch, October 12, 2016
[44] Don’t Lock ‘Em Up. Give ‘Em a Chance to Quit Drugs, by Caroline Preston, New York Times, October 25, 2016
[45] Trump is Right – Drugs are Often Cheaper than Candy Bars, by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, February 16, 2017
[46] Heroin Creates Crowded Illicit Economy in Baltimore, by Jean Marbella and Catherine Rentz, Baltimore Sun, December 19, 2015
[47] The Go-Between, by Robert Draper, New Yorker, March 21, 2016, p.75
[48] Georgia Losing Patience with Drug Treatment Tourists, by Ezra Kaplan, Associated Press, May 3, 2017
[49] In Mexico, the Price of America’s Hunger for Heroin, by Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, May 30, 2017
[50] United States of America-Mexico: Bi-National Criminal Proceeds Study, 2010
[51] The Murders of My Colleagues, by Ioan Grillo, New York Times, February 25, 2017
[52] Global Peace Index 2016, Institute for Economics & Peace, see p.31 and p.107
[53] Prohibition in the United States, Wikipedia
[54] Where San Francisco Hid its Speakeasies during Prohibition, by Katie Dowd, San Francisco Chronicle, January 25, 2017
[55] Support for Legal Marijuana Use Up To 60% in U.S., by Art Swift, Gallup Poll, October 19, 2016
[56] Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction, Wikipedia

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