Around 9000 people died of Heroin Overdose in 2014 in the US – or at least what was officially classified as Heroin Overdose – and that same tragic year over 8000 people died from Diarrhea. The Drug Law Enforcement agencies like to shriek that those 9000 Heroin deaths represent “A 400% INCREASE In these Tragic Deaths!!” But I ask you, if those 9000 deaths are so alarming – where’s the hundred million dollar War On Diarrhea? Where’s the equal love?
Well of course those deaths are each a tragedy whatever the cause – but the Heroin OD deaths are certainly not the kind of tragedy that the government is trying to sell them as, and like all so-called statistics they need to be understood in context.
A Few Leading Causes of Death in US – 2013 (source: CDC)
Opioid Pill OD @40K
Misc. Injuries @25K
Heroin OD @9K
So just in the context of raw numbers all the manufactured panic over Heroin overdoses looks kind of – manufactured, doesn’t it? In the context of non-disease causes of death Heroin Overdose is not anywhere near the top of the list. And as for Pills, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of North Carolina and Duke University Medical Center, in 2007 there were more deaths from prescription opioid pain killer pills than there were overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
While my own experience is that I have known plenty of people addicted at one level or another to natural drugs who functioned just fine over a lifetime, I can’t say I’ve ever known a pillhead who was doing that well. Even the CDC figures above show that there are 5 times as many deaths from pill OD as there are from Heroin OD.
But it’s a hell of a story – worthy of Oprah for sure. “400% increase in Heroin Overdose deaths last year!” Right – from about 2500 the year before to about 9000 last year. That’s about 400%, any way you look at it.
Sure looks like Mainstreet America’s got a problem worth throwing a couple of hundred million dollars worth of Police and War machinery at, doesn’t it? And then maybe when the Feds are done wiping out the Heroin epidemic they can go stalking one of the other killers on the list – I think Diarrhea would be a great next target for the DEA, don’t you? The initials of the agency wouldn’t even have to be changed.
All making fun aside, the true tragedy of Heroin Overdose deaths is that probably a LOT fewer of those 9000 people would have overdosed if they had been able to buy good, pure Heroin as easily as they could have bought a six-pack, and if they then could have gone somewhere clean and safe to enjoy their high.
Does that sound like a strange idea? As easy as a six-pack? Well, why not? Maybe not at a Mini-Mart but how about Heroin at your local natural medicines dispensary where you can also buy Morphine, Opium, Cocaine, and Coca Leaf along with Cannabis.
We know that our society has been thoroughly and deliberately propagandized regarding drugs like Heroin and Cocaine, so when we hear the CDC and DEA sounding alarms over Heroin overdoses we should keep asking, loudly and publicly, if there would be more, or fewer Heroin overdose deaths if good quality Heroin was available through the equivalent of a Medical Cannabis Dispensary.
Is it possible that there are people who really believe that making Heroin illegal keeps people who want to use Heroin from doing so? The cynical forces that created and enforce the Drug Laws and the Police State know better. They know that virtually anyone who wants to use Heroin or any other drug is already doing so. It’s not news that their game isn’t stopping “illegal” drugs – it’s sustaining and expanding a Police State built on the foundation of lies and fear.
The Drug Law mafia are cynically aware of that reality, of course, but they also know that millions of frightened citizens are frozen in fear in front of their TVs, waiting fearfully for the government to make them safe. And in these peoples’ minds, government propaganda has implanted the idea that there are hoards of impressionable children out there yearning to live life addicted to Heroin, sleeping in rat-infested alleys, and earning drug money by giving blowjobs in bus stations. This has them so horrified that they are more than ready to accept the government’s message that only violent punishment and imprisonment of drug users, drug addicts, and especially those evil drug dealers, will keep their the children safe.