The following is from an article by Meryl Nass, MD:
“According to CDC itself, ‘CDC has programmatically characterized all opioid pain reliever deaths (natural and semisynthetic opioids, methadone, and other synthetic opioids) as ‘prescription’ opioid overdoses.’ That means illegally produced drugs in these categories are being designated as prescription drugs, when they are not. A further confounder is that heroin metabolizes to morphine, which is a prescription drug. So if fully metabolized at the time of autopsy, a death due to heroin will be labeled as due to a prescription narcotic.”
Dr. Nass observes further: “While nationally, heroin overdoses jumped from 1.0 per 100,000 in 2010 to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2014, the number of prescribed narcotics held steady over the same period. A 2015 UN document noted that ‘A recent [US government] household survey in the United States indicated that there was a significant decline in the misuse of prescription opioids from 2012 to 2013.'”
Furthermore, the statistics do not distinguish between accidental and intentional drug overdose deaths. You know what you’re getting from a prescription drug, but not from heroin bought on the street. I believe that all this fuss about out-of-control prescription drugs is a big smokescreen to cover for what is overwhelmingly an epidemic of deaths from heroin overdoses. Most of that heroin comes from Afghanistan and the producers are protected by our government.
Hold on, folks. Don’t be so hasty. [He is responding to a prior comment blaming the military for the heroin trafficking.]
As a veteran who served in Afghanistan, I can tell you that the military involvement is limited and knowledge/awareness even more so. The CIA and contractors are running unmarked cargo aircraft out of our airbases at Bagram and Kandahar. Yes, Air Force personnel load the shrink-wrapped palates onto the planes, but they don’t know what’s inside.
For those of you who doubt that, let’s recall the case of Ciara Durkin. Ciara was a Massachusetts National Guardsman who died “under mysterious circumstances” from a rifle bullet to her head at Bagram. Details reveal that her death was not suicide, as some may be quick to suspect: She was shot from a distance as she left the base chapel. She worked in finance and had recently wrote a letter to her family that she uncovered something.” That was in 2007.
Let’s not forget Pat Tillman. He was killed in 2004, right before I left the country. A member of the Army Rangers, his unit was working extensively in the opium territory along the Pakistani border. While everyone has heard that his death was officially ruled “friendly fire,” what most don’t know is that he had undergone a change of heart while serving in Afghanistan–out of FOB Salerno, where I spent my 30th birthday. A man of conscience, he could have been swayed by the racism, prejudice, and general de-humanization the US military had affected toward the Afghani people. Or, he could have taken issue with the fact that the official policy towards all military personnel was “hands-off” of the opium fields. He was certainly in position to do so. Whichever was the case, we’ll never know.
It is the CIA that is primarily responsible for the clearance of targets for military operations . . . and of aircraft allowed to enter/leave the Afghani airspace. The military–all branches–merely comply with the orders, authorizations, or restrictions handed down.
And let’s not forget that many of our military are themselves having changes of heart, awakenings of conscience, or whatever you want to call it. They are disheartened and disillusioned about the occupation–its goals and intentions. They are stuck, however, and unable to change anything, protest, question, or even disobey without facing court marshal or fratricide. This is why so many end up depressed, turn to drugs themselves, or commit suicide. They see the unmarked planes being loaded. They are told to “look the other way,” or “you don’t see anything,” or “that plane doesn’t exist.” But they do see them and they know they exist . . . and are powerless to do anything about it.
No, please, don’t blame the military. Blame the CIA. Blame the civilian contractors. It’s Air America all over again. First it was a geopolitical strategy to divert a major source of revenue for Iran, but then it surely took on a life of its own when they realized how much money they could bring in by controlling the world’s heroin supply. And so they have. And with such an undocumented and unlimited supply of money, they don’t care about Congress or even the POTUS. With all of the destabilization operations, Color Revolutions, and direct support for IS, it would seem that they’ve gone rogue. God help us all!