Not Latin American cartels or Afghan warlords, but advocates for opioid treatment of chronic pain, and pharmaceutical firms with a substantial financial interest in selling opioids.
Traditional middle class jobs with career prospects replaced by a lower-paid, less stable workforce– perhaps more vulnerable to outside influence?
As the article points out, it’s possible to make use of the flashlight on your cellphone for the necessary illumination.
…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”
That industry will do everything in its power to create and sustain the biggest possible population of chronic stoners.
The theory is that the more users we put in jail or prison, the fewer left out on the street. So why hasn’t that substantially reduced arrest and overdose statistics?
…if this type of strategy didn’t succeed 30 years ago, what makes us think it’ll be a success this time around?
When he speaks, he reminds me of others I’ve known who come from families that fought and lost a battle with addictive disease.
Battling an epidemic requires considerable cross-state cooperation and coordination– something that’s never easy, even with strong Federal support.
If we ever were able to “seal” the borders, what would prevent some entrepreneur from setting up his own domestic operation?