Wednesday, January 16, 2019


A very sobering read over at Breitbart, by John Binder:

"The Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit revealed in a year-end report that in total, about 2,737 pounds of fentanyl were seized in Fiscal Year 2018, along with 7,103 pounds of heroin, and 225 pounds of chemicals used to make these deadly drugs.

“At the forefront of the fight, HSI seized more than 11,000 pounds on fentanyl and opioids in Fiscal Year 2018,” the report notes. “Combating the spread of opioids is a key part of the agency’s narcotics enforcement efforts.”

The nearly 3,000 pounds of fentanyl is enough to kill about 600 million individuals, nearly twice the population of the U.S. where about 330 million residents live.

Additionally, HSI officials say the amount of fentanyl seized in the U.S. last year is equivalent to seizing more than 4 million pill dosage units.

As Breitbart News’ John Hayward has reported, fentanyl deaths in the U.S. have skyrocketed and coincided with the country’s lax immigration and border enforcement.

“Fentanyl is a powerful and deadly synthetic drug often mixed with other street drugs to make them more potent,” Hayward writes. “It is largely manufactured in China and pushed across the porous southern border into the United States by Central and South American gangs. It kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.”

Drug overdoses in 2017 killed an unprecedented 72,287 U.S. residents, nearly three times the number of individuals killed by global terrorism. Nearly 50,000 of those deadly overdoses were caused by either heroin or fentanyl."

I must admit that the opioid crisis in the US only began to register with me after I read Lee Child's novel "The Midnight Line" last summer. It's about Child's protagonist, Jack Reacher, going in search of the owner of a West Point class ring he found in a pawn shop, and discovering it belonged to a horribly maimed Army vet addicted to fentanyl.

And late last year there was the signing into law by President Trump of a bipartisan bill aimed at combating the terrible cost of this deadly drug.

And now this article. "Drug overdoses in 2017 killed an unprecedented 72,287 U.S. residents" and I go all "Whaaaaaaaaat"?

In light of this shocking statistic, not building the wall attains a totally new level of immorality.


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