Now officially a national federal emergency, the opioid crisis is gutting America. The roots of this complex issue lie in supply, not demand.
While we are beginning to see major pharmaceutical executives being indicted for conspiracy and bribery of doctors, we have a long way to go to turn this thing around.
Pharmaceutical and synthetic opioids are a major part of the catastrophe, but the other side of the supply chain is actual opium, and the world’s biggest opium market just happens to be occupied Afghanistan, the epicenter of the global heroin trade.
The United States military has been operating in Afghanistan as part of the war on terror for over 16 years now, and opium production in the war-torn nation continues to increase, year-over-year, coinciding with the rise of the opioid crisis.
What is not mentioned, however, is the fact that international trade in illegal drugs from war-torn countries is essential to geopolitics, implying that the U.S. military is being used to create an environment where the drug trade is allowed to flourish.
This suggestion coincides with production data since the U.S. invasion, and with statements made by a former U.S. representative who in 2015 stated that the CIA was actively involved in the Afghan drug trade.
If you’re hoping or expecting a sudden end to the opioid crisis just because President Trump has called for the government-funded production of anti-opioid television commercials, you’re hope is misplaced.
Afghanistan is a major key in this puzzle, as are the pharmaceutical companies.
Waking Times. com / ABC Flash Point Opium News 2019.