1 in 10 Sober People Have Cocaine or Heroin on Their Fingertips

1 in 10 Sober People Have Cocaine or Heroin on Their Fingertips:

There’s a lot of cocaine and heroin in the world, and there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a tiny bit of it on your body right now — even if you’ve never knowingly touched the stuff.

That’s the conclusion of a new paper published in the journal Clinical Chemistry today (March 22), which found that 13 percent of drug-free study participants had traces of the drugs on their fingertips. The participants, residents of the United Kingdom tested at the University of Surrey, didn’t have enough heroin or cocaine on their fingers for it to be visible, and certainly not enough to get them (or anyone) high. But they did have enough cocaine or heroin on their hands to trip very sensitive instruments called mass spectrometers.

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Heroin Queenpin Arrested Running Massive Drug Ring—Turns Out She Was an NYPD Cop

Heroin Queenpin Arrested Running Massive Drug Ring—Turns Out She Was an NYPD Cop:

A New York Police Department officer is now in jail after she was caught running a massive cross-country heroin trafficking ring, all while using her badge as a cover to keep police away from the operations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating NYPD Officer Yessenia Jimenez, 31, in January after they found the phone number of her boyfriend, Luis Soto, 33, on the cell phone of a narcotics trafficking suspect.

The investigation concluded that Jimenez and Soto were conducting a heroin trafficking operation that stemmed Mexico to New York. The New York Daily News reported that the pair was arrested this week after they made a trip to Massachusetts to meet with a heroin trafficker.

DEA, NYPD, and state police task force officers confronted Soto around 2 a.m. on Tuesday after he returned from the trip and was seen unloading bags from the trunk of his car, outside of the couple’s apartment building in the Soundview neighborhood in Bronx, New York.

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America has no Intention of Getting tougher on Heroin Epidemic

H/t reader squodgy:

“Exactly.
And that is why America’s War on Drugs is a psyop to convince everyone of Government concern, sincerity & determination, whereas the reality is it is a money making, money laundering big business.

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Heroin Addiction in America Spearheaded by the US-led War on Afghanistan

Heroin Addiction in America Spearheaded by the US-led War on Afghanistan:

Trump’s Hypocritical Concern

…”In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses:  174 deaths per day.  Seven per hour.  We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.

My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need.  The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.” (Trump State of the Union, emphasis added)

Trump brings to the forefront the story of the Holets family of New Mexico:

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Afghanistan: Opium Production Almost Doubled In 2017

Afghanistan opium production almost doubled in 2017: Survey:

The United Nations and the Afghan government have released a new joint survey showing that opium production in the restive country has almost doubled so far in 2017 compared to last year.

According to the survey, the opium production rose by 87 percent and stands at a record level of 9,000 metric tons (9,921 US tons) so far this year, compared to 4,800 metric tons (5,291 US tons) in 2016.

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North Korea Is a Large Opium Producer Just Like Afghanistan — But That’s None of Your Business

North Korea Is a Large Opium Producer Just Like Afghanistan — But That’s None of Your Business:

Prior to the U.S. invasion and occupation that sent production and cultivation skyrocketing 35-fold in just the first 13 years, the Taliban had successfully decimated the opium poppy crop in Afghanistan.

Nearly 16 years later, Afghanistan’s lucrative drug trafficking business is still roaring along unhindered, and — with U.S. troops literally guarding the occupied nation’s 90-percent share of the world’s opium supply — potential competitors rightly seemed scarce.

That is, until North Korea just said ‘no’ to the Drug War.

“In its early stage, the Kim Jong-un regime declared a war against drugs, getting rid of poppy fields,” Kang Cheol-hwan, president of the defector organization, North Korea Strategy Center, told Yonhap News Agency last month. “But now they are cultivating them again.”

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US Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Surge by 72 Percent

US Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Surge by 72 Percent:

Afghanistan is the main supplier of opioids and heroin to the US, according to UN sources, Afghanistan produces approximately  90 percent of the World’s supply of opium destined to the illegal heroin and opioid markets.

It’s a multibillion dollar industry. A large share of the opium is exported in military planes out of Afghanistan.

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CDC: Heroin Deaths Surpassed Firearm-Related Homicides in 2015

CDC: Heroin Deaths Surpassed Firearm-Related Homicides in 2015:

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers show heroin deaths surpassed firearm-related homicides for the first time ever in 2015.

The number of heroin deaths was 12,989 and the number of firearm-related homicides was 12,979.

The Washington Post published the CDC numbers, which show the deaths from all opioids combined topped 33,000 in 2015. That means opioid deaths outnumbered firearm-related homicides nearly 3 to 1.

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Drugs Are Killing More Americans Than Road Crashes

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Drugs Are Killing More Americans Than Road Crashes:

So much for the so-called ‘war on drugs’… The United States has been gripped by a heroin and opiate epidemic with user numbers recently hitting a 20 year high.

In 2014, the number of U.S. heroin users passed the million mark with deaths from overdoses rising steeply. And as Statista’s Niall McCarthy writes, drugs are now killing substantially more Americans every year than car crashes.

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Drug Overdose Has Now Become Leading Cause Of Accidental Death, Overtaking Traffic Accidents

Smack in the suburbs:

The US is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic – drug overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death, overtaking traffic accidents.

It is a health crisis with tentacles reaching across the social spectrum. Lorain County, in the state of Ohio, is mostly suburban and middle-class, with a large rural hinterland.

Its population is only 305,000 but for the last three years, the number of fatal opiate overdoses has hovered at around 65. This year it only took six months to reach that figure.

Avon Lake is the county’s wealthiest community – an upmarket suburb of the city of Cleveland. Here, on the shores of Lake Erie, the scourge of opiates – prescription pills and street heroin – is tearing at the fabric of a tightly-knit neighbourhood.

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Recent Surge In Inner-City Heroin Overdoses “Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before”

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Recent Surge In Inner-City Heroin Overdoses “Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before”:

For the past week, the the city of Cincinnati has been battling an unprecedented spike in heroin overdoses that has left police and emergency responders drained.  Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, in a “normal” week, police and healthcare officials indicate that Cincinnati encounters roughly 25-30 heroin-related overdoses.  That said, within the past 6 days that number has spiked by over 5.5x as 174 overdose cases have been reported by local emergency rooms.

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Opium Rules: Afghan Oil Will Never Get Out Of The Ground

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Opium Rules: Afghan Oil Will Never Get Out Of The Ground:

Afghanistan may have mouth-watering oil riches, but opium still rules this economy amid a lack of any real investment in getting oil and gas out of the ground.

In 2011, the United States Geological Survey released a report on Afghanistan arguing that the responsible exploitation of the country’s natural resources, including oil and natural gas, could help alleviate its economic addiction to opium sales.

At that time, opium production represented just under 50 percent of Afghanistan’s Gross Domestic Product. Since then, the nation has set new opium cultivation records.

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The War In Afghanistan is a Good Thing – If You’re A Heroin Dealer

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The War In Afghanistan is a Good Thing – If You’re A Heroin Dealer:

(MINTPRESSThe “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” are more intertwined than that media and our elected officials would like us to think.

And this became full front and center when the U.S.-led global crusades overlapped in Afghanistan, leaving in their wake a legacy of death, addiction and government corruption tainting Afghan and American soil.

In the U.S., the War in Afghanistan is among the major contributing factors to the country’s devastating heroin epidemic.

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New Haven Declares Public Health Emergency After “Never Before Seen” Heroin Overdose Epidemic

New Haven Declares Public Health Emergency After “Never Before Seen” Heroin Overdose Epidemic:

We’re looking at a public health emergency affecting the streets of New Haven Deputy Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana said. “We’ve had quite a hectic time,” he said. I don’t recall an incident where it’s been like this.”

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The War in Afghanistan Has Turned a Generation of Children Into Heroin Addicts

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“Opium production has increased 33 fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6100 tons in 2006. In 2007, Afghanistan provided approximately 93% of the global supply of heroin…”


The War in Afghanistan Has Turned a Generation of Children Into Heroin Addicts:

One of the many catastrophic legacies left behind by the longest war in U.S. history is that Afghanistan produces 90% of the world’s opium. As with most parts of the world, the most vulnerable pay the heaviest price of war, and the country has faced a harrowing escalation in the number of child heroin addicts.

“What’s happened in Afghanistan over the last 13 years has been the flourishing of a narco-state that is really without any parallel in history,” Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins told Democracy Now back in 2014.

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